Remote Sensing and Structural Geology

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Remote Sensing and Structural Geology

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes

    On completing this module students will:
    Know the principles of analysis and interpretation of aerial photography
    Develop skills for acquisition and analysis of remotely sensed data, especially digital satellite image data.Have a conceptual understanding of map construction.
    Understand principles and analysis of rock deformation
    Develop skills for the structural analysis of deformed rocks.Have a conceptual understanding of tectonic settings and rock mechanics.

    Main Content

    Principles of Aerial Photography/ air photo- interpretation
    Principles of Satellite Imagery/Principles of electromagnetic radiation and their role in remote sensing
    Understand the physical basis of remote sensing and the different
    Image resolution types and their application in Earth science.
    Image correction, interpretations and classification
    Construction of Base Maps and Geological Maps.
    Projection Techniques and Conventions.
    Description and analysis of deformed rocks
    Stereographic projection methods and techniques in structural analysis.
    Concepts of stress, translation, rotation and strain.
    Rock mechanics and tectonic settings

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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