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Online Study Resources: Remote Sensing and GIS

Ananya Ghosh
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The following presents a list of websites which can act as a guide on basics of GIS, and Remote Sensing. Although there are hundreds of websites available on these topics, we have tried to compile those, which we think could come handy for anyone looking for basic information on geomatic techniques and technologies . Please note that the websites listed below have not been arranged in any particular order.


This tutorial has been developed for those working on coastal resource management and are not familiar with the more technical aspects of GIS and remote sensing data.


This website elaborates upon what is GIS. It talks about how does a GIS work, data issues (capture, integration, structures, modelling and output), characteristics of GIS, applications of GIS in different fields, preparing 3D models using GIS, Web GIS and lastly, future of GIS.


The tutorial gives a very basic information GIS, remote sensing, aerial photogrammetry and image processing.


The website aims at teaching GIS and basic digital mapping through an ebook tutorial.


This tutorial is designed for ArcGIS Desktop version 9 ArcInfo™ Functional Level (includes ArcView® and ArcEditor™ functionality) that allows a user to get started with ArcGIS™ applications without actually having to go through the ESRI tutorial exercises.


The introduction to GIS tutorial consists of a three-part movie accompanied by hands-on exercises.

The above website provides lessons on a wide range of subject matters for learning GIS.

The aforementioned webpage contains a module designed for those wanting to understand what GIS is, how it works, and what one can do with it. This tutorial features many sections, for instance, what is GIS? – A basic overview of the primary components of a GIS; how it works – A glimpse at what makes GIS works; GIS data types – differences between raster and vector data; what is not a GIS – concepts often confused with GIS; and uses of GIS – an overview of how various industries use GIS.

https://people.revoledu.com/kardi/tutorial/GIS/index.html The tutorial introduces GIS along with features for using Arc GIS (Arc View, Arc Editor or Arc Info).

The modules have been designed to explain the fundamentals of making maps with ESRI’s ArcGIS software. Each Module is a stand-alone unit, complete with step-by-step instructions and data to guide one through the use of ArcGIS 9.1.

The pages are designed to provide some basic GIS knowledge and to offer support for GIS applications.

This tutorial provides overview of GIS under various headings, namely, Introduction, benefits, and contributing disciplines; GIS as a set of interrelated subsystems; impact of recent technological advances and needs on GIS; GIS in Canada; future of GIS; and the role of national and international GIS.


These materials were developed by Kenneth E. Foote and Margaret Lynch, Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 1995. The website deals with GIS as an integrating technology, its context, concepts, and definitions.


This website provides answers to questions like how can I use GIS?, who makes GIS softwares?, why is GIS not used by the general public?, and how do I find spatial data?


This website is hosted by NASA. It covers various topics related to remote sensing that include the elements of remote sensing, history, photogrammetry and image processing as well as remote sensing applications.

. hawaii.edu/space/ hawaii/vfts/oahu/ rem_sens_ex/rsex.spectral.1.html

The website provides introductory tutorials on remote sensing.

An introduction to aerial photo interpretation and remote sensing can be found at this website.


The topics covered in the website include introduction and history of remote sensing, radiation, electromagnetic spectrum, absorption bands and atmospheric windows, spectral signatures, pixels and bits, color images and remote sensing methods.


This is a website which introduces the basics of radars, features of radar imagery, interpreting Doppler velocity patterns, and Doppler radar applications.

The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing offers this tutorial on remote sensing technology and its applications.

This web resource provides detailed lessons on fundamentals of remote sensing, sensors, remote sensing methods, platforms, data used in remote sensing, image interpretation, image processing, and applications of remote sensing.


The information in this website is organized under foundations of remote sensing, aerial photography, digital image processing besides, thermal, hyperthermal scanning, and radar (microwave) scanning. An USGS glossary has also been provided.