I recently came across a post in Geospatial World that confirmed what I’ve been surmising in my role as Academic Program Manager at Exelis VIS. I have gathered quite a bit of anecdotal data over the years that there is a definite increase in interest and teaching of remote sensing. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies remote sensing technology is one of the 10 most promising technology trends of the coming decades.
As the remote sensing industry evolves and grows, the ENVI Platform is keeping pace by expanding from hyperspectral and multispectral imagery, to include fusion of data types such as Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and LiDAR. Corporations and governments throughout the world are investing in instruments to capture more spectrally and spatially rich images along with these other types of data. As this data builds, we are seeing more need for geospatial professionals to have remote sensing experience to make sense of it all.
On March 22nd I will be giving a presentation at the 5th Annual GIS in Higher Education Summit of how information derived from imagery can add to your GIS, which is intended to show the value of teaching with remote sensing.
If you won’t be at the summit, as I imagine is the case for most all of the readers, then I encourage you to visit our YouTube page which has great examples of getting answers from imagery. Are you in academia and working on a Remote Sensing project? Please share a link or explanation in the comments section.