The course develops an understanding of the theory behind airborne and terrestrial lidar technology. Data acquisition, processing and modeling workflows are studied. Emphasis is placed on developing and evaluating practical skills as well as a deeper appreciation of lidar applications in the fields of natural resources and environmental monitoring
Fundamental processes and interrelationships between the atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere using a systems science approach. Topics will include landforms and landscapes, geodesy, Earth surface materials, soils, biogeography, weather and climate, hydrology, water resources, and glacial processes. Approximately one lecture every ~two weeks will be dedicated to reviewing some of the technology we use to observe and measure aspects of the environment around us. Guest speakers will give talks on their research as it relates to lecture topics.
The advanced hydrology course will instruct students in the setup of hydrological and hydraulic models using a range of data records, remote sensing imagery and GIS software. The course will be divided into three themes: i) hydrometeorological instrumentation installation, programming and, where necessary, calibration; ii) remote sensing and GIS data analysis in support of hydrological response unit classification, watershed flow routing, and floodplain mapping; iii) set up of the HEC HMS hydrological and RAS hydraulic models for a case study area in Alberta. Read more about Advanced hydrology
The course overviews the basic theory and application of thermal imaging. FLIR thermal imaging devices are employed to allow the student hands on exposure to both basic and sophisticated thermal imaging systems and to program or deploy the sensors in support of course project work. Thermal imaging analysis, including correct parameter choices and visualization methods, will be reviewed.