In this course you will first be introduced to satellite images and how they can be useful for conservation. Then, using the simple TerraLook software, a series of small projects will allow you to explore these uses on your own. TerraLook makes easy-to-use jpeg images available, for free, from anywhere on Earth, and provides a friendly tool to work with them. Current and historical images, back to the 1970s, make it easy to look for and document change.
This session is specifically designed so that participants go away feeling "smart" rather than overwhelmed by exposure to too much technical material, making it much more likely they will actually use satellite images after the Congress. Image collections for many of the areas where participants work will be available so they can focus on familiar sites, and also take those images home with them. An outline is below.
1) If you have a laptop, bring it! Or borrow one. If you don't--it's okay. People can share and two people to a laptop is fine.
2) Before the workshop: Download and install the TerraLook software on your laptop, available at the TerraLook website http://terralook.cr.usgs.gov/
3) If possible, before the workshop, visit the TerraLook website and order and download images of your particular area of interest. Order both recent and historical images.
Part 1 (presentation, demonstration, and discussion)
1. Course introduction
2. Where do images come from?
3. Case Studies (eg, agricultural encroachment into a protected area; shrimp pond expansion into mangroves)
4. Understanding and interpreting images: What can you see and what does it mean?
Part 2 (presentation and exercises/projects)
1. TerraLook introduction and basics
2. Getting data
3. Working with images
4. Working with layers
5. File operations and other actions (as time permits)
Sign up early! This course was heavily oversubscribed in Barcelona in 2008