University of Florida

ABE 6037C
Remote Sensing in Hydrology

Semester Taught - Fall, even years

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

To develop a practical understanding of remote sensing applications to hydrology using observations in different regions of the EM spectrum.


ABE 4036 or 6035


Jasmeet Judge
275 Frazier Rogers Hall
Phone: 392-1864 ext 299

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Class Materials Required

Required Text

  • Schultz and Engman, Remote Sensing in Hydrology and Water Management, Springer, 2000.


  • Engman and Gurney, Remote Sensing in Hydrology, Springer, 1991.
  • Ulaby, Moore, and Fung, Microwave Remote Sensing: Volume III, Applications, Addison-Wesley, 1986

Course Outline

The course will be conducted in a seminar style with an emphasis on literature review and presentations.

  • Remote sensing (4 Lectures) - Chapter 2 - text, and a review of EM wave theory, radiative transfer, interaction of EM radiation with different media, and active and passive system characteristics.
  • Remote sensing applications to hydrology (Lectures, oral presentations)
    • Chapter 6, precipitation – Lecture(s) and presentation
    • Chapter 8, evaporation – Lecture(s) and presentation
    • Chapter 9, soil moisture – Lecture(s) and presentation
  • Exam I - Midterm
    • Chapter 10, surface water and runoff – Lecture(s) and presentation
    • Chapter 11, snow and ice – Lecture(s) and presentation
    • Chapter 7 and 19, land use and land cover change – Lecture(s) and presentation
    • Chapter 5, hydrological modeling – Lecture(s) and presentation
  • Exam II - Final


Grading Method Percentage
Oral Presentations (2 @ 30% each) 60%
Exams (2 @ 20% each) 40%

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