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FAG3105 Active Remote Sensing 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAG3105 (Autumn 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

1) Introduction to Active Remote Sening, Properties of Microwaves vs Visible & Infrarad

2) Radar and LIDAR Interactions with Manmade and Natural Objects

3) The Radar/Lidar Equation

4) Radar Polarimetry and Interferometry

5) LIDAR systems

6) Radar systems

7) LIDAR data processing

8) Radar data processing

9) Application examples

At the end of the course, students should be able to

 - understand the principles of active remote sensing systems

 - have a basic understanding of polarimetry and interferometry

 - process and handle radar data

 -  process and handle differnt forms of LiDAR data (waveform, discrete)

 -  interpret the information contained in radar and LIDAR data and use them in meaningful

Intended learning outcomes

This course intends to provide an overview of active remote sensing systems, namely radar and Lidar, the ways in which these active systems are used to acquire data,  how these data may be analyzed digitally and how the information is used in monitoring natural and built environments.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

AG1321 Remote Sensing Technology or equivalent

AG2413 Digital Image Processing and Application or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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Principles and applications of imaging radar (Manual of remote sensing, Volume 2)

LiDAR Remote Sensing and Applications

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

•                     LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F

•                     PRO1 - Project, 4.5 credits, grade scale: P, F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FAG3105

Offered by

ABE/Urban Planning and Environment

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Yifang Ban 08-7908648

Supplementary information

The course replaces the previous course F1E5570 Active Remote Sensing Systems 7,5 credits.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Urban Planning and Environment