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Introduction to Air Photos in Geologic Remote Imaging
Brian Hausback, California State University, Sacramento
SummaryAn introduction to a wide variety of aerial photos and interpretation of geomorphology and geologic relationships.
Type and level of course
This is an introductory lab for an undergraduate/graduate course in Geologic Remote Imaging
Geoscience background assumed in this assignment
Students should be geology majors in their junior or senior years, or graduate students.
GIS/remote sensing skills/background assumed in this assignment
None. Should have a familiarity with stereoscopic viewing of aerial photographs.
Software required for this assignment/activity:
Time required for students to complete the assignment:
GIS/remote sensing techniques students learn in this assignment
The goal of this exercise is to expose students to a variety of aerial photograph types in a variety of geologic environments.
Other content/concepts goals for this activity
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignmentAn introduction to a wide variety of aerial photos and interpretation of geomorphology and geologic relationships.
Determining whether students have met the goalsCompleted labs are evaluated and returned to students. In the following session we discuss each of the exercises and interpretations of each set of air photos.
More information about assessment tools and techniques.
URLs and References
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment:
- Instructors Notes: Air Photo Lab (Acrobat (PDF) 14kB Jun1 10)
- Solution Set: Air Photo Lab-Key (Acrobat (PDF) 1.4MB Jun1 10)
- Air Photo Lab Materials (Zip Archive 62.9MB Jun1 10)