Forest and Natural Resource Management (FNRM) 4515/5615 Field Remote Sensing and Resource Survey: Part 1 Syllabus Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the principles and applications of remote sensing as applied to field forestry and natural resource applications. Meeting:
8:30am to 5:00pm M-W, FNRM Advanced Session at Cloquet Forestry Center
Dr. Joe Knight Dept. of Forest Resources 301-E Green Hall Phone: 612-625-5354 Email: [email protected] Office hours: During class day or by appt.
Course Goals: Understand... 1. Provide experience in the use of satellite and aerial imagery to locate, in the field, such features as plot centers and legal description corners, and to identify common ground features by photo interpretation. 2. Acquaint students with the use of remote sensing imagery for vegetation classification and resource inventory. 3. Provide in-the-field experience in the preparation and interpretation of aerial photographs for vegetation mapping and multiphase forest inventory. 4. Introduce digital imagery, geographic information systems, geographical positioning systems and field computers along with providing practical experience in their use as tools for forest mapping and inventory. Grading: Grades will be based on laboratory/field problems and an exam. Problems and reports will be evaluated on completeness, organization, accuracy and synthesis of material. Neatness, legibility, and correct grammar and spelling are expected. Problem 1. Development of photo key Problem 2. Photo Interpretation Problem 3. Forest Cover Type Mapping
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A -- achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements. B -- achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements. C -- achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect. D -- achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements. S -- achievement that is satisfactory, which is equivalent to a C- or better. F (or N) -- Represents failure (or no credit) and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an Incomplete. I -- (Incomplete) Assigned at the discretion of the instructor when, due to extraordinary circumstances, e.g., hospitalization, a student is prevented from completing the work of the course on time. Requires a written agreement between instructor and student. It is expected that in addition to the normal class hours, students be expected to spend additional time doing field work. Class Project Overview Student teams will plan and complete a course project. For FR 3262 students, several preorganized projects will be available that provide pre-defined objectives (and for some, data). You will be responsible for planning an approach and accomplishing the objectives. FR 5262 students will be required to choose their own project topic and find their own data. Projects may focus on any natural resource issue so long as it requires the use of digital images or aerial photography in its completion. You are encouraged to propose a topic related to your present activities or interests. The project has two main purposes. The first purpose is to provide an opportunity for you to apply the skills learned in the course. The second purpose is to give you experience in designing and carrying out a project from the initial idea phase to presentation of the results. The project includes a proposal, final written report, and a poster presentation. Your project must include some usage of remotely sensed imagery or derivatives, either from a satellite, aerial, or ground platform. The imagery can be of any type, including optical, lidar, radar, or thermal. A project which uses aerial photographs or images, but which could be done as well without it is not a good choice. There are many free sources of imagery, which we will discuss in class. Please consult your instructor for other questions. Groups are required to make an appointment to discuss their project with the instructor to ensure their project is appropriate given the objectives and limitations of a sixteen week course. Classroom Conduct All students at the University have the right to a civil, productive, and stimulating learning environment. In turn, instructors have a responsibility to nurture and maintain such an environment. Students who disrupt the educational process because of discourteous, threatening, harassing, or other aggressive behavior will be removed from class.
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