155RESE Remote Sensing

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Basic Information

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  • Code: 155RESE
  • Lectures:

prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Pavelka

  • Practical classes:

Ing. Tomáš Bouček

  • lectures per week: 2 hours
  • exercises per week: 2 hours
  • Credits: 6
  • finished with: an exam
  • winter semester


The lectures focuse on an explanation of the physical principle on which remote sensing (RS) is based, a technical explanation of measurement methods, the behaviour of individual substances in response to interaction with different types of electromagnetic radiation, and the possibility of using RS for a range of applications. The lectures contain: introduction to RS. Basic physical and mathematical relations. Image creation. Detectors and sensors. Spectral properties of substances and land features, spectral signatures. Image manipulation, histogram. Image enhancement, edge filters. Supervised and unsupervised classification, clusters, training sets. Practical use of RS. Examples of data.

Generaly, this course shows basics processing methods and use of remotely sensed data. Theoretical lectures provide basics in optics, mathematics, surveying and physics for full understanding of the theme. In practical lessons the theory turns to practice and students process their own data from Sentinel 2 satelite using an open source ESA SNAP software.


Lillesand, T.M., Kiefer, R.W., Chipman, J.W.: Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, 7th Ed., Wiley, 2007. ISBN: 978-1-118-34328-9

Canty, M.J.: Image Analysis, Clasification and Change Detection in Remote Sensing. CRC Taylot& Francis. 2007. ISBN: 0-8493-7251-8


Lecturer: prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Pavelka (pavelka -et- fsv.cvut.cz)

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Lectures and exercises

Practical exercises: Ing. Eva Matoušková, Ph.D. (eva.matouskova -et- fsv.cvut.cz) Ing. Tomáš Bouček (tomas.boucek -et- fsv.cvut.cz)


  • Introduction to remote sensing, data downloading
  • Data upload to SNAP, subset creation, colour synthesis, spectral curves
  • Vegetation (spectral) indices, creation of NDVI map, detection of water areas using spectral indices
  • Image filtering
  • Unsupervised classification
  • Supervised classification
  • Radar data processing, DMT creation
  • Radar data processing
  • Example of VHR data, pansharpening
  • Thermal analysis from Landsat data
  • Demonstration of work in Google Earth Engine, detection of burn sites

Academic year 2023-2024

Exercises take place every Tuesday from 18:00 to 19:50 in classroom B-s111