Remote sensing principles
Information fetching about objects and phenomenon on the surface of the planet Earth withou the need of direct contact.
Research activities of the Laboratory are based on interaction between electromagnetic radiance and object of interest. How this interaction looks like is defined by amount of energy registered by the detector in sharply defined wavelength intervals and defined spatial angle. This definition of interaction is a starting point for determination of objects' attributes. Each object on the Earth surface influences the amount of reflected energy measured not only in time, but also in space and is expressed using physical quantities.
Primary data preprocessing needs to be done befoe any other remote sensing data processing san take part. Preprocessing means mainly radiometric and atmospheric corrections, datum transformations and data projections (rectifications) into selected coordinate system and cartographic projection. In most cases remote sensing data is available after basic radiometric and geometric corrections and projected in WGS-84 coordinate system. However this is not always truth and sometimes these steps need to be caried out manually as some data can be provided without any preprocessing. Apart from that, state maps of the Czech Republic are projected in S-JTSK projection, it is a good practice for a better compatibility to transform the data to the national projection.
However the essential step of the processing are atmospheric corrections that need to be processed to eliminate the influence of the atmosphere on the object of interest on the surface. This is also one of the tasks our laboratory is dealing with more in detail.
Remote sensing data processing steps are determined by the type of data (e.g. optical data, radar data, lidar data, thermal data). See the diagram for the example of process of supervised classification, however it can be modified any time. Of course yet another analytic approaches can be chosen (e.g. possible combinaton of spectral library with multispectral feature space, etc.).
Descripton of multispectral satellite data processing technology follows. The whole technological process is built up from several partial technical steps: