Introduction

This International Research Institute Study (IRIS) web site presents case-based teaching modules that cover the use of remote sensing techniques for the identification and monitoring of environmental change with critical applications to solving problems in climate, health, and disaster management. These modules are used in the spring semester course, "Remote Sensing and Environmental Change" (EAEE E4010y), which provides the practical and theoretical foundations for the application of remote sensing techniques using the extensive and on-line accessible IRI Data Library and Maproom data analysis tools. As an advanced, practically-oriented course, students experience hands-on the capabilities of remote sensing data for analyzing environmental problems.

In each case study, the "Analyze the Data" portion of the module is designed to illustrate how to approach an analysis when presented with a myriad of remote sensing data and analytical tool sets from which to choose. These sections aim to scaffold in a step-wise manner the underlying framework necessary to master the scientific concepts and approaches to solving relevant research questions using remote sensing data.

Two screencasts have been provided to help serve as an overview to the IRI environment. These screencasts can be viewed independently of the modules.

The first case study presents a forecasting fire activity which looks at potential solutions defined by selected data sets and accompanying analyses from the IRI Data Library and Maproom. Students are asked to evaluate the viability of each solution and select the one they have determined to have the most sound analysis.

The second case study focuses on malaria. Students will propose their research question and plan, stating which datasets and tools they would employ to address the malaria issue at hand.

In the third section, students propose their own case study/research problem along with an analysis plan. This final stage of the student activity will be geared towards getting students to start thinking about their term projects.