Class Description

Observing the Earth and its Environment

In this class I introduce basic elements of remote sensing. We cover how we use different parts of the EM spectrum to generate products; the air- and space-borne platforms used to collect data; the different sensor types and their limitations; what kind of data is available and where to download it from.

I make extensive use of my NOAA APT POES remote sensing receiving station, which I use to illustrate how to acquire satellite data. I have also won a grant for buying a quad-copter to make remote sensing measurements around campus.

In this class I introduce the basic of R programming, and students run different scripts to download and perform simple analysis of the data.


Remote Sensing of Envinromental Hazards

In this class I discuss how we use remote sensing data to study environmental hazards. Students learn different techniques used to download and analyze data using R. Students work in a team towards a final project. I require each team to produce a conference-like poster, and to make a presentation on their project.

Students are expected to know basic programming.


Data Mining for Geoinformatics

In this class, tailored towards graduate students, I introduce different data mining techniques that are used in GeoInformatics. Students are expected to learn basic programming skills to automate the analysis of very large quantity of data.

Students are expected to know basic programming.


Guido Cervone
Associate Professor
Department of Geography and Institute for CyberScience
The Pennsylvania State University
Affiliate Scientist
Research Application Laboratory
National Center for Atmospheric Research