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Introduction to Digital Remote Sensing (000028)


This course introduces employees to remotely sensed digital imagery, with a focus on evaluating, selecting, procuring, interpreting, and utilizing digital imagery for NRCS applications. It includes an introduction to digital image processing techniques in a GIS environment and a review of global positioning systems (GPS) technology.


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the physical basis and fundamental concepts of remote sensing;
  • List and describe currently available sources of remotely sensed data;
  • List the characteristics of the following remote sensing platforms: videography, satellite ultispectral scanners, thermal infrared scanners, and microwave scanners;
  • Describe how these platforms can be used to support NRCS programs;
  • Describe the major concepts and most common techniques used in digital image processing; and
  • Explain, in general terms, how GPS and LORAN-C work, and describe potential applications.


Familiarity with the basic concepts of Geographical Information System and Basic Photo Interpretation is recommended, but not required


1 week

Target Audience

State, and Area GIS Specialists, or other technical specialists with GIS or Remote Sensing responsibilities may attend

NEDC Contact

Wanda Dansby

Technical Coordinator



Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Introduction to Digital Remote Sensing (NRCS-NEDC-000028).