Dr. David Wallin; Office: AH310 (note that, unlike most Environmental Sciences faculty, my office is in AH rather than ES)
Phone: 650-7526; e-mail: david.wallin@wwu.edu

Teaching Assistant: Chris Trinies; Office ES341; Phone TBA; e-mail: : triniec@wwu.edu

Text: Introduction to Remote Sensing, 5th edition, by J.B. Campbell & R.H. Wynne.I have been using this text for a number of years and older 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions may be available.The 5th (2011) edition includes one brand new chapter and each of the other chapters have been updated to varying degrees.Note that the 4th edition came out in hardcover in 2007 and softcover in 2008.The content of both versions of the 4th edition are the same but the softcover is about $30 cheaper.You can probably get by with an older edition if you can find it, however, if you do use an older edition, you are responsible for the new material in the 5th edition.I will place one copy of the 3rd edition and one copy of the 4th edition on reserve in the main library. AND, you can also access the 5th edition for FREE by checking it out as an ebook from the WWU library.

Additional readings as assigned: Books are on reserve in the Main library and journal articles and book chapters are available online (see links below) or on the Blackboard site.
Click here for list of readings on reserve in the Main Library

Other useful links for this course:
List of useful Remote Sensing Links

Class Meeting Time: MWF 10:00-10:50, ES310
Lab Meeting, WF 12:00-1:50, AH16

Office Hours:
Dr. Wallin: MWRF 2:00-3:00 (sign-up on office door) and by appointment.
Chris Trinies: TBA and by appointment

Prerequisites: Completion of a 300-level course in either ESCI, ENVS, EGEO, BIOL, GEOL, ANTH or permission of instructor

Student Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students will be well versed in theoretical framework for the field of remote sensing and be capable of using data from spaceborne and airborne sensors to derive information about the earthís land and water features.

Reasonable Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation for persons with documented disabilities should be established within the first week of class and arranged through Disability Resources for Students: Telephone 650-3083; email drs@wwu.edu and on the web at http://www.wwu.edu/depts/drs/


Grades:  1. Midterm exam, 30%; Graduate Students, 25%
                2. Final exam, 30% ; Graduate Students, 25%
                3. Lab Reports, 35% Click here for a list of lab exercises and other information about the lab
                4. Class Participation, 5%.
               5. Projects; Graduate Students Only, 10%. Project results will be presented both as a web page.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Click here for information about the content of your Graduate Project)
                                (Click here for a guide to web page authoring for your Graduate Project)
(Click here a list of links to Graduate Student Projects completed during previous years)


Late Assignments: grades reduced by 5%/day if turned in late without a valid excuse (illness, family crisis, etc.). Assignments that are more than one week late will not be accepted without a valid excuse (illness, family crisis, etc.)


Grading: A =93; A- 90-92; B+ 88-89; B 83-87; B- 80-82; C+ 78-79; C 73-77; C- 70-72; D+ 68-69; D 63-67 D- 60-62; F 0-59
For any exam or other assignment, any appeals or corrections must be done within one week of receiving the graded assignment from me.

Academic Dishonesty: There has been a substantial increase in the number of cases of Academic Dishonesty in recent years.For this reason, all faculty members have been instructed by the Registrarís Office to provide students with explicit information about Academic Dishonesty.Briefly stated, lying, cheating and stealing will not be tolerated in any form.Actions of this type will result in severe consequences that could include a failing grade in the class and dismissal from the university.Hopefully, this does not come as a surprise to anyone.All students should review Appendix D, Academic Dishonesty Policy and Procedure Appendix D, Academic Dishonesty Policy and Procedure in the back of the University Catalog for a more detailed discussion of what constitutes academic dishonesty.For more information see the WWU Plagiarism Information Web Site.




This schedule will be revised and updated from time to time as the term progresses. You should check this page periodically for updates. This page was last updated on 11/22/2017.



Chapters from

Week 1: 1/9- 12        

PART I: FOUNDATIONS; History of Remote Sensing ; EM Radiation

Chapter 1, 2

Tatem et al. Amer. Sci. Review 2008


Week 2: 1/15-19

PART II: IMAGE ACQUISITION; Image Classification,



Chapter 12, Verbyla Chapters 6 & 7 (Book on reserve in main library and these chapters available on the Canvas site)

Week 3: 1/22-26

Mapping Cameras, Digital Imagery

Each graduate student should meet with D. Wallin NO LATER THAN 1/26 to come up with a topic for your graduate project.There is a 5% penalty/dayon your project grade for failure to meet this deadline.(Click here for details)

 Chapters 3, 4

Week 4: 1/29-2/2

Image Interpretation;

Graduate Student Project Outlines due by 2/2.These outlines will be graded and will contribute 10% towards the grade for this project. .(Click here for details)

Chapters 5

Week 5: 2/5-9

Land Observation Satellites

MID-TERM EXAM tentatively scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9

Chapters 6

Optional: Irons et al. 2012. The next Landsat satellite: The Landsat Data Continuity Mission. Rem. Sens. Env. 122:11-21 Irons et al. 2012

And see: http://ldcm.nasa.gov/index.html

Week 6: 2/12-16

Change Detection



Chapter 16, cohen_etal_1998.pdf


Potter et al. 2005

Week 7: 2/19-23

Image Resolution; Image Segmentation

Chapter 10 other readings


Week 8: 2/26-3/2

Thermal Radiation;

PART II: ANALYSIS; Preprocessing;†† Field Data

Accuracy Assessment, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing.Graduate Student Project Preliminary Results due by 3/2.These results will be graded and will contribute 10% towards the grade for this project.(Click here for details)

Chapter 9, 11


Chapter 13, 14

Week 9: 3/5-9

Active Microwave and LIDAR

Geographic Information Systems, Land Use and Land Cover Classification


Chapters 7, 8

LIDAR Readings:



Chapter 15, 19

Week 10: 3/12-16

Hydrospheric Sciences; Global Remote Sensing

Graduate Student Final Projects due by 3/16.(Click here for details)

Chapter 18, 20

Finals week 3/19-23

Check Universityís Timetable of Classes for date and time of final exam Click here for the WWU Online Final Exam Schedule



Links to papers that I will discuss in class:

Cohen, W.B., M. Fiorella, J. Gray, E. Helmer and K. Anderson.1998.An efficient and accurate method for mapping forest clearcuts in the Pacific Northwest using Landsat imagery.Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 64(4):293-300.cohen_etal_1998_apr_293-300.pdf


Cohen, W.B., T.A. Spies, R.J. Alig, D.R. Otter, T.K. Maiersperger and M. Fiorella.2002.Characterizing 23 years (1972-95) of stand replacement disturbance in western Oregon forests with Landsat imagery.Ecosystems 5:122-137.cohen_etal_2002.pdf


He, H.S., D.J. Mladenoff, V.C. Radeloff and T.R. Crow.1998.Integration of GIS and Satellite Data.Ecological Applications 8(4):1072-1083 http://ezproxy.library.wwu.edu/login?url=http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=1051-0761%28199811%298%3A4%3C1072%3AIOGDAC%3E2.0.CO%3B2-5


Imhoff, M.L., W.T. Lawrence, C.D. Elvidge, T. Paul, E. Levine, M.V. Privalsky and V. Brown.1997.Using nighttime DMSP/OLS images of city lights to estimate the impact of urban land use on soil resources in the United States.Remote Sensing of Environment 59:105-117. http://ezproxy.library.wwu.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0034-4257(97)00046-1

Imperv surface mapping using CIR Imagery COB_ColorIR2004_Processing.pdf

Kennedy, R.E., W.B. Cohen and T.A. Schroeder.2007.Trajectory-based change detection for automated characterization of forest disturbance dynamics.Remote Sensing of Environment 110:370-386. kennedy_etal_2007_rse.pdf

Potter, C., P.-N. Tan, V. Kumar, C. Kucharik, S. Klooster, V. Genovese, W. Cohen and S. Healey.2005.Recent history of large-scale ecosystem disturbances in North America derived from the AVHRR satellite record.Ecosystems 8:808-824.http://www.springerlink.com/content/ln7135j19qhm8530/

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