Teaching with ER Mapper at James Cook University

March 15, 2006 -- James Cook University (JCU) has chosen ER Mapper as the software platform to teach environmental remote sensing at both second and third year levels throughout the University.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students develop skills in digital image processing and interpretation. They access recent IKONOS, ASTER and Landsat imagery of the Wet Tropics and other regions of north Queensland. Students learn how to create and interpret vegetation indices, classified images and to integrate remotely sensed data with GIS.

Professor David Gillieson, Professor of Geography, at JCU said “Our partnership with ER Mapper has brought great benefits to our undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programmes, with students well trained using industry standard software. Graduates from our programme gain positions in a wide range of government departments and Non Government Organisations, often within weeks of graduation.

Access to an integrated suite of remote sensing applications allows students to develop skills in a wide range of techniques. Generous ER Mapper education licensing arrangements have allowed JCU staff to develop an on-line database to manage the distribution of one-year licenses for students to use on their own laptops or home computers. This is exceptionally valuable for part-time students and provides the ideal flexible learning environment.”

Darren Mottolini, Partner and Programs Manager for ER Mapper Asia Pacific said, “ER Mapper and James Cook University have shared a long relationship and now with the Educational Site licence program we hope that it will grow beyond image processing applications and encompass our entire suite of geospatial image solutions. Our site licenses program will benefit students and lecturers as ER Mapper is the most widely used image processing application in Australia.”

The main application use of ER Mapper within JCU is the precision georeferencing of aerial photography and satellite imagery, radiometric and topographic correction, digital image analysis and data fusion with thematic and terrain spatial data.

About James Cook University

JCU’s School of Tropical Environment Studies and Geography is located in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Information Technology. Our focus is on excellence in the study of people and their environment, bringing together physical, biological and social aspects of the environment. Study in our school offers academic challenges and rewarding careers within environmental science, geography, spatial science, urban planning and marine science.

James Cook University is Australia's leading tropical research university. JCU is a multi-campus university with the main sites located in the vibrant tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns. JCU courses are also delivered in partnership with education providers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Offshore facilities and partnerships continue to grow.

JCU offers courses in a broad range of study areas and has a strong research focus, particularly in matters relating to life in the tropics. JCU is also one of the top research universities located in the tropics.

The School's staff is drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, deliberately brought together to find creative and dynamic solutions to environmental problems and to play an active role in best practice environmental science and management. Research performed by our staff and postgraduate students is at the cutting edge of questions that must be asked and answered in the new millennium about the links between society and the environment.

About ER Mapper

ER Mapper is the leading provider of geospatial imagery solutions. Clients in more than 120 countries use the ER Mapper solutions to prepare imagery, manage, compress and deploy imagery.

For more information visit www.ermapper.com

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