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Remote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualization | Master

Source: Bookhagen and Burbank, 2010

This English-language master’s degree program focuses on the gathering, processing, analysing, and presentation of geoscientific spatial data by using remote-sensing technologies and data-processing methods. The program uses models and theories to assess geoinformation, and then to prepare and communicate our findings with modern means of visualization.

THE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
NameRemote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualization
DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study4 semesters
Credit points120
Language of instruction
English
Start of study (1st semester)
Winter semester
CampusGolm

Prof. Dr. Bodo Bookhagen & apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth,

"This new international degree program, established at one of Germany’s leading geoscientific research universities and research centers, combines geological remote sensing with geoinformation systems and visualization to clearly communicate scientific results."

Program Content

In the Remote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualization master's degree program, you will develop an advanced understanding of remote sensing in theory and practice. The program begins by addressing fundamental principles in the recording and processing of spatial data as they are typically gathered by means of remote sensing methodologies. The program teaches advanced scientific principles of physics, chemistry, and biology to quantify environmental process, the recording of remote sensing data and their interaction with the environment, as well as practical skills in the application of modern data processing methods. The program will grant you an overview of the broad range of available remote sensing technologies and data-processing methodologies. You will learn how to apply these technologies and methods to specific problems in scientific and applied scenarios.

We use modern data visualization tools to prepare our data, for example in the generation of prognoses, scientific communication, and the comprehensible presentation of data to representatives from other disciplines as well as non-specialist decision-makers. The program thereby offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary understanding of, as well as a critical perspective towards, the solution and evaluation of geoscientific questions.

Course Objective and Future Career Options

In addition to application-oriented specialist knowledge in the fields of remote sensing, geoinformation and visualization, a Master of Science degree in our field puts you in a position to define scientific problems, formulate suitable hypotheses, design research projects, to apply for funding, and to administer scientific projects.

Future fields of work include positions in public administration, such as in municipal, regional and land use planning; natural disaster management and response, as well as  environmental monitoring; research in the university and in institutions outside universities. Diverse employment opportunities are also possible in the IT industry, for example in software development in the field of digital mapping; in the insurance and real estate industry; the construction industry; the transportation industry; and in the leisure and tourism sectors.

Prof. Dr. Bodo Bookhagen & apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth,

"This new international degree program, established at one of Germany’s leading geoscientific research universities and research centers, combines geological remote sensing with geoinformation systems and visualization to clearly communicate scientific results."

Prerequisites for Admission to the Master’s Program

Admission to the Remote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualization master’s degree program requires a qualifying university degree in the field of the geosciences, geography, physics, mathematics, biology, environmental sciences, information science, or a similar program of study with a standard period of study of at least three years and a total share of at least 36 credit points (CP) in the geosciences, biology, physics, chemistry or information science. An additional 12 CP of mathematics coursework must also be documented. Moreover, your English language skills must correspond at least to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

You can read more about the subject-specific admission requirements in the respective Admission Regulations.

Program Structure

In the four-semester master’s program, you will earn a total of 120 credit points, consisting of the following modules and your master’s thesis: For additional information, please consult the subject-specific Degree Regulations or the Departmental Advisory Office.

CONTENT AND CREDIT POINTS

Modules

Credit points

Mandatory modules
30 CP

Remote Sensing of the Environment

Earth System Science

Data Analysis and Statistics

Geoinformation Systems

Visualization and Communication

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

Elective modules
Modules adding up to 60 credit points must be successfully completed, whereby at least one module must be completed for four of the five following groups of electives:

60 CP

1. „Remote Sensing Methods“ (RSM) electives

2. „Objects of Observation“ (OBS) electives

3. „Data Analysis and Programming“ (DAP) electives

4. „Geoinformation Systems and Applications“ (GIS) electives

5. „Visualization and Communication Methods“ (VCM) electives

Master’s Thesis, including Oral Defense30 CP
Total120 CP

Contact

Institute of Earth and Environmental Science

apl. Prof. Dr. Martin Trauth | Departmental Student Advisor & Chair of Examination Board

 

Campus Golm | House 27, room 1.32

Advantages at a Glance

The Remote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualization master's degree program at the University of Potsdam offers a diverse array of opportunities for specialization in the design of custom-made plans for study. Practical components of the program also offer you the opportunity to acquire professional and research-oriented competences, thereby facilitating a smoother entry into your future career. Our close cooperation with industry and research institutions both in Germany and abroad – such as the nearby Helmholtz Center Potsdam - Research Center for GeosciencesPotsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and the Alfred Wegener Institute of Potsdam – also contributes to this effort.

The University of Potsdam takes into account the actual living conditions of its students and has introduced the possibility of part-time study for many degree programs. This also pertains to the Remote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualization program. To learn more, and to find a list of subjects appropriate for part-time study, please see part-time study at the University of Potsdam.

Application

Have you decided to study the English-language master’s degree in Remote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualization at the University of Potsdam? Then you should take the next step on the application pages to find out more about current application and enrollment procedures.

Contact

Institute of Earth and Environmental Science

apl. Prof. Dr. Martin Trauth | Departmental Student Advisor & Chair of Examination Board

 

Campus Golm | House 27, room 1.32

This description is based in part on information from the subject-specific regulations for a master’s degree in Remote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualizationat the University of Potsdam dated Febraury 15, 2017