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This resource is a growing collection of selected case studies that are based on the use of remote sensing data and tools to study various features and phenomena operating in the Polar Regions. The case studies are generated from research work of polar researchers, and research projects of graduate and undergraduate students.

The target audience for this resource is post-secondary students and faculty following/teaching Earth System Science courses, and more specifically upper-undergraduate level remote sensing courses. The resource is developed with the assumption that the student has basic knowledge of remote sensing principles; data; data processing and analysis techniques.

The types of activities that are presented, supported, or that can be developed based on the presented material include formal lectures, group discussions, literature reviews, hands-on computer lab activities, written reports, oral and poster presentations.

The resources required include a class/discussion room; computational facility; link to the internet; digital image processing software packages; and GIS software packages.

Each case study separately outlines the specific aims and objectives; background prerequisites; suggested assessment techniques; key points and frequently asked questions; and ideas for extension.

This resource is not meant to be a supplemental software user guide. Though the general image processing strategy and steps are provided, the case studies do not include a detailed step-by-step instruction such as those in a software user manual.

Geophysical InstituteUniversity of Alaska FairbanksAlaska Space Grant Program