Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Remote Sensing

What is Remote Sensing?

There are many definitions for the term Remote Sensing. In brief, Remote Sensing is:

  • The collection and interpretation of information about an object, without being in physical contact with the object
  • The science of obtaining information about the environment by using electromagnetic radiation, such as light and heat (infra-red) and radar. Remote Sensing does not include sound or gravity “waves”.
  • Imagery commonly captured by satellites. However, Remote Sensing can also include aerial photography, airborne video imagery, hand-held devices and even the naked eye!

SPAN and Remote Sensing

SPAN's has the expertise to provide:

  • Help with the interpretation of Remote Sensing imagery
  • Access to Aerial Photography, Remote Sensing imagery and Airborne Video imagery
  • Training and support in Remote Sensing software and maintenance for researchers and staff of CSU

Remote Sensing Software

To cater for your remote sensing analysis needs, SPAN has ENVI software available for researchers of CSU. “ENVI, the Environment for Visualizing Images, is the most advanced, yet easy-to-use remote sensing software available. ENVI will transform the way you work with remote sensing data.” - ENVI.

MADIS - Multispectral Airborne Digital Imaging System

MADIS is a digital imaging system developed by SPAN to provide CSU researchers with a means of gathering digital images that meet their research requirements. For more information on MADIS have a look at the equipment section on our resources page.

How do I get started?

Remote Sensing software can be borrowed / accessed from SPAN for you to install on your local computer or alternatively you can utilise SPAN's Research Computer System.