Dept of Geology starts 15th Outreach Programme on Basics of Remote Sensing, GIS and GNSS
Aligarh, August 18: The Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University recently started its 15th Outreach Programme on Basics of Remote Sensing, GIS and GNSS. The course is being conducted by the IIRS in collaboration with the consortium for Educational Communication, UGC, Space Application Centre, Ahmadabad and Amrita E-Learning Research Lab under the aegis of the National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS).
AMUâ€™s, Department of Geology is one of the fifty odd institutions participating in this 15th satellite based Distance Learning Programme aimed at imparting instruction on the basics of space technologies as applicable to the fields of Earth Sciences, Environmental ,Ecosystem, Agricultural, Forestry and Wildlife studies.
While inaugurating the programme, Professor Liaqat A K Rao, Edusat Coordinator, welcomed the participants taking part in this course and gave necessary instructions about attendance and exams as well as benefits of the course.
The recently started ten-week course, which will end on November 27 is an interactive exercise with daily lectures from 4: 00 pm to 5: 00 pm followed by half-an-hour of group discussions. The participants in the course will be given opportunities to interact with resource persons and clarifying doubts through queries.
In the first module of the course, the participants will be taught about â€˜Remote Sensingâ€™ and Digital Image Analysis. â€œThe lectures in this module will be on understanding of basic principles of remote sensing and various techniques of acquiring, processing and interpretation of the data,â€ said Prof Rao.
He informed that the second module on â€˜Global Positioning Systemâ€™ shall introduce the technology behind Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) particularly the NACSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) of the United States and how the signals from GPS can be used for precision positioning and mapping of objects, events and phenomena on the earthâ€™s surface under different conditions of weather and climate.
Prof Rao added that the third module on â€˜Geographic Information Systemâ€™ will have basics of GIS; map projection concepts; database concepts and database models; data formats and structures; data quality; spatial and non-spatial data and spatial analysis tools.
Prof Rao said that the fourth module on â€˜Remote Sensing and GIS Applicationâ€™ shall be about current status of geo information sciences and future trends. He further informed that the module will also deal with possibilities of applications in crop inventory and crop yield forecasting; soil resource management; forestry and ecology; geology and geomorphology; engineering geology and landslide studies; coastal management; marine and atmospheric studies; water resources management; settlement analysis and disaster management.
Prof Rao confirmed that around 63 candidates including faculty members, research scholar, postgraduate and undergraduate students of various departments of AMU and Agra University are participating in the course.
He concluded by saying that this course will provide the participants with basic essentials, motivation and encouragement to apply space technologies to their studies and research.