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EE40136: Radar systems and remote sensing

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
EE40136 - Mandatory Extra Work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To provide an overview of the evolution, current status and possible future development of active and passive remote sensing systems.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to (i) describe the main features of active and passive remote sensing systems, (ii) make detailed calculations for radar and radiometer systems, (iii) to be able to detail key design considerations for radar systems and remote sensing.

Skills:
Elementary system design and data analysis, taught, facilitated and assessed.

Content:

* Review of active and passive remote-sensing applied to land, atmosphere and oceans for Earth Observation.
* Fundamental concepts of microwave radiometry; brightness temperature, extinction and emission. Microwave interaction with land, atmosphere and oceans.
* Design and analysis of radiometer systems: total power, unbalanced and balanced (noise injection) Dicke switched systems.
* Array antenna systems including active and passive phased array, digital beam-forming techniques, super-resolution and MIMO arrays.
* Fundamentals of radar system design. Noise, clutter and detection. Radar waveform design; ambiguity functions, pulse compression.
* Radar systems and applications; tracking, stealth, air traffic control, weather.
* Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) concepts and imaging algorithms. Advanced techniques; interferometric SAR, MIMO SAR, SAR tomography.
* SAR imaging considerations; layover, foreshortening, speckle, motion compensation and autofocus. Atmospheric effects on SAR.
* Case studies of current and proposed systems for ground, airborne and satellite remote sensing (e.g., GPM, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-L satellite missions).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EE40136 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEEE-AFM14 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Science & Technology (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AKM14 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Science & Technology with Year long work placement (Year 5)

EE40136 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEEE-AFM13 : MEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AKM13 : MEng(Hons) Computer Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEEE-AFM01 : MEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AKM01 : MEng(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEEE-AFM12 : MEng(Hons) Electrical Power Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AKM12 : MEng(Hons) Electrical Power Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEEE-AFM15 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEEE-AKM15 : MEng(Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

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