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Course Detail

Course Name Remote Sensing and Gis
Course Code 15CVL456
Program B. Tech. in Civil Engineering
Year Taught 2019


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.

Text Books

  1. Lillesand, Kiefer and Chipman, “Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation”, Wiley student edition, 2013.
  2. 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.

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