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Remote Sensing Concentration

Geographic Sciences – Advanced DiplomaRemote Sensing Concentration

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Start Date:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
COGS • Lawrencetown Full time • In-class

Concentration Overview

The Remote Sensing concentration is a second term option of the Geographic Sciences – Advanced Diploma program.

Remote Sensing is the study of earth observation systems and applications. In practice, it is usually associated with applied computer analysis of digital geospatial imagery. Remote Sensing is a rapidly expanding discipline with multiple applications in forestry, geology, defence/intelligence, disaster management, conservation, oceanography, meteorology, urban analysis and agriculture. With hands-on experience using industry standard software, learn how to interpret satellite images, process digital images and understand the theoretical basis for remote sensing and aerial imaging platforms.

Remote Sensing is closely aligned with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). One of the exciting aspects of this concentration is the opportunity to apply image interpretation skills in the field using GIS and GPS.

This program is located at NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). COGS is the Lawrencetown site of Annapolis Valley Campus.

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Employment Opportunities

  • You are qualified to work as a remote sensing analyst, an image analysis specialist or GIS specialist.

Our Grads

  • Graduates are tracking environmental changes for use in weather prediction. They're helping natural resource companies find new sources of opportunities such as potential new diamond mines. Some grads have been employed by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Canadian Hydrographic Service and the Department of Mines and Energy. Other graduates have gone on to work in the public and private sector in Canada, the USA and abroad.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Electives – Choose from several electives in consultation with faculty.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GISY 6400   Capstone Project
REMS 6022   Remote Sensing Systems and Applications
REMS 6023   Advanced Digital Image Processing
REMS 6085   LiDAR Systems and Processing
REMS 6090   LiDAR Applications
    Geographic Sciences Advanced - Remote Sensing electives course requirement. Students must complete 1.5 units/credits of elective courses consistent with goals outlined in their portfolio.

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