ESRM430: Remote Sensing of the Environment


  MIDTERM  This is a take-home exam, due beginning of class a week from the Midterm date; use DropBox to submit the Midterm.

  Scientific Method


Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
Fox Glacier, New Zeland Copper Mountain, CO Bishkek Kyrgyzstan Nisqually River
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Copper Mountain, CO
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Nisqually River, WA

Above is an example of glacier imagery as seen by GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite from 423 miles in space, traveling at an average speed of 17,500 mph, from January 2004. Fox Glacier is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in the world, with a terminal face just 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the township. Fed by four alpine glaciers, Fox Glacier is roughly 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) wide, making it the largest glacier on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. 

Source: GeoEye merged with DigitalGlobe

This four-meter resolution, false color, near-infrared image collected on October 12, 1999, shows the mountains and ski runs near Copper Mountain, Colorado. The areas depicted in red highlight the differences in vegetation of the forest with the darkest shade of red being the healthiest. GeoEye has a wide-variety of forestry-application related imagery covering forestry health, clear-cutting and wildfire damage assessment and recovery strategies.

Source: GeoEye merged with DigitalGlobe

The above image was collected May 23, 2003. This is a natural color, 60 centimeter (2 foot) high-resolution QuickBird satellite image featuring downtown Bishkek. Bishkek is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan, the city is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers.

Source: Digital Globe http://www.digitalglobe.com

High resolution, historic aerial photography from 1937. The Nisqually River is a river in west central Washington in the United States, approximately 81 mi (130 km) long. It drains part of the Cascade Range southwest of Tacoma, including the southern slope of Mount Rainier, into the southern end of Puget Sound.

Source: http://riverhistory.ess.washington.edu/


Based on the image selected answer the following, number your answers on the materials you are handing in:

  1. What is your main research question and hypothesis? (only one question please; keep it simple, but assure that remote sensing is at the core of helping you answer the research question)
  2. Why is this research important?
  3. Has anyone else worked on this issue, if yes, list the most important citations. (This can be research on the particular topic and is not location nor data specific, for example similar research might of been carried out but at a different location using Landsat or other imagery, no more then 5 citations are needed). example of a citation related to Option 1; example of projects related to Option 4
  4. What other data might you need to answer the particular question? (Examples: additional historical imagery , census data, rain fall data, field data-what would need to be collected in the field).
  5. How would you use image interpretation and high spatial resolution image analysis to answer your research question?
  6. What results are you anticipating?

Your answers should not exceed 3 single spaced pages in 12 point font and 1 inch margins. Citations should be included.

NOTE: Please remember you are not required to carry out a research project, just describe the proposed project.