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Uncertainty Analysis for Earth Observation

Uncertainty Analysis for Earth Observation

The 'Uncertainty Analysis for Earth Observation' e-Learning course introduces a structured approach to uncertainty analysis applied to the radiometric and spectral calibration of instruments used in Earth observation applications. The course focuses on how to apply uncertainty analysis, taking users through a step-by-step application of concepts to real laboratory and field examples.

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Course structure

The 'Uncertainty Analysis for Earth Observation' course takes approximately four hours to complete and consists of three modules:

  • Module 1 introduces some fundamental concepts relating to uncertainty analysis and introduces a procedural approach for uncertainty analysis in Earth observation
  • Module 2 applies the procedural approach introduced in Module 1 to a real-life practical example of radiometric instrument calibration
  • Module 3 builds on the content introduced in Modules 1 and 2 to explore the application of uncertainty analysis to post-launch radiometric calibration techniques

This course is aimed at

  • Research students working in the field of Earth observation
  • Industrial professionals performing Earth observation instrument calibration
  • Anybody interested in uncertainty analysis in relation to the instruments used in Earth observation

Learning objectives

  • Understand the fundamentals of uncertainty evaluation
  • Understand the procedural approach for the application of uncertainty evaluation to Earth observation instrument calibration
  • Understand how to develop an uncertainty budget and the methods for determining sensitivity coefficients

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