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Remote sensing research in geographic education: An alternative viewIt is noted that within many geography departments remote sensing is viewed as a mere technique a student should learn in order to carry out true geographic research. This view inhibits both students and faculty from investigation of remotely sensed data as a new source of geographic knowledge that may alter our understanding of the Earth. The tendency is for geographers to accept these new data and analysis techniques from engineers and mathematicians without questioning the accompanying premises. This black-box approach hinders geographic applications of the new remotely sensed data and limits the geographer's contribution to further development of remote sensing observation systems. It is suggested that geographers contribute to the development of remote sensing through pursuit of basic research. This research can be encouraged, particularly among students, by demonstrating the links between geographic theory and remotely sensed observations, encouraging a healthy skepticism concerning the current understanding of these data.
Document ID
19830009692
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Wilson, H. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Cary, T. K. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Goward, S. N. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1981
Publication Information
Publication: Purdue Univ. CORSE-81: The 1981 Conf. on Remote Sensing Educ.
Subject Category
EARTH RESOURCES AND REMOTE SENSING
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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IDRelationTitle19830009671Analytic PrimaryCORSE-81: The 1981 Conference on Remote Sensing Education