Course Title: 
Remote Sensing and Gis
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Year Taught: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Remote Sensing and Gis' is a course offered in B. Tech. in Civil Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Introduction, Basic concepts and principles of remote sensing; Definition components of remote sensing - energy sensor, interacting body – active and passive remote sensing – platforms - EMR interaction with earth surface material, radiance, irradiance, incident, reflected, absorbed and transmitted energy – reflectance – specular and diffused reflection surfaces – spectral signature – spectral signature curves – EMR interaction with water, soil and earth surface. Application; Meteorology, land use, networking, hydrological studies, soil studies and coastal zone analysis.

Unit 2

Photogrammetry; Aerial and Terrestrial; photo interpretation. Sensors; Radar imaging; colour scanners; thematic mapper.

Geographic information system – components of GIS – hardware, software and organisational context – data – spatial and non-spatial maps – types of maps – projection - types of projection – data input - digitiser, scanner, editing – raster and vector data structures – comparison of raster and vector data structure.

Unit 3

Analysis using raster and vector data – retrieval, reclassification, overlaying, buffering - data output – printers and plotters. Open source softwares.

GIS and remote sensing applications – urban applications – water resources – urban analysis – watershed management – resources information system – hazard mitigation.


  • Lillesand, Kiefer and Chipman, “Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation”, Wiley student edition, 2013.
  • A. M. Chandra and S. K. Gosh, “Remote Sensing and GIS”, Alpha Science, 2006.


  • Anji Reddy, “Remote sensing and Geographical systems”, BS Publications, 2012.
  • L R A Narayana, “Remote Sensing and its applications”, Universities Press, 1999
  • J. V. S. Murthy, “Watershed management”, New Age International, 1998.
  • Wurbs, R. A., and James, W. P., “Water Resources Engineering”. PHI Learning, 2009.
  • M G Srinivas (Edited by), “Remote sensing applications”, Narosa Publishing House, 2001.
  • Burrough P A., “Principles of GIS for land resource assessment”, Clarendon Press, 1994.
  • Michael N. Demers, “Fundamentals of geographic information system”, Wiley student edition, 2012.