Ge151: Spring 2011
Remote Sensing in the Field
A lecture, a lab, and a field trip will be used as an introduction to the use of remote sensing instruments, whether on Earth or Mars.
The Mojave Desert has numerous test sites that were used during
the development of various remote sensing instruments, both aircraft
prototypes and spacecraft instruments. The choice was dictated
partly by the location close to JPL, but mainly by the lack of
vegetation, making them ideal sites for geologic investigations. In
the field we will use hardcopy images from some of these early
investigations, but in the lab you will have an opportunity to see
results from new sensors. Development of TM, SRTM, and ASTER (and
the corresponding planetary instruments) now provides widely
available data covering much of the world and Mars. This part of
the course will cover a portion of what is a more extended field trip
that was part of Ge 158. The following web site provides information
on these sensors and contains image data covering the Mojave and
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Sharp, R. P. (1976) Road Guide to the Geology of S. Calif.: Kendall-Hunt Publishing. The road guides can be followed during the trip. Note p.72-73.
Arvidson et al (1993) Characterization of lava-flow degradation in the Pisgah and Cima volcanic fields, CA, using Landsat Thematic Mapper and AIRSAR data: Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. 105, 175-188.
Lancaster, Nicholas (1993) Kelso Dunes: Nat. Geographic Res. & Exp. 9, 444-459.
Best single book reference on remote sensing:
Pieters, C. M. and Englert, P. A. , 1993, Remote Geochemical Analyses: Elemental and Mineralogical Composition, Cambridge Press.