Overview

The routine use of remote sensing techniques has become an indispensable element of many activities in our modern world. A huge variety of sensors on satellites, airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”), and other platforms provide data for a variety of applications on a regular basis. The Master of Professional Science in Applied Remote Sensing offered by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) provides theoretical knowledge and experiential learning for careers in the field of remote sensing in both public and private sectors. Working professionals in this field may also acquire additional training to expand their current knowledge and skillset.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:
 
  1. Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Mathematics, Physics, Geosciences, Engineering or an equivalent degree.
  2. Successful completion of the following (or equivalent) undergraduate courses: Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Computer Programming (Matlab, IDL, C, or Fortran).

Note to students: Deficiencies in required coursework may be considered on a case-by-case basis for otherwise highly qualified students or those demonstrating experience with these skills.

All application requirements are available here.

Curriculum Requirements

OCE 6423
OCE 6863
OCE 637Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean (or ELECTIVE)3
OCE 6873
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (or ELECTIVE)
3
RSM 612Statistics for Marine Scientists (or ELECTIVE)3
MGS 635Geological Hazards3
OCE 6433
OCE 805MPS Internship 12-6
Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options 

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics3
ATM 662Advanced Weather Forecasting3
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology3
EVR 602Economics of Natural Resources3
EVR 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
EVR 616Ocean Policy3
EVR 620Environmental Law and Policy3
EVR 630Port Operations and Policy3
EVR 633Decision Analysis: Natural Hazards and Catastrophes3
EVR 677Management and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems3
EVR 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MGS 634Hydrological Hazards3
MGS 635Geological Hazards3
OCE 624Applied Data Analysis3
OCE 651Applied Ocean Acoustics and Marine Mammals3
OCE 705Chemical Oceanography3
OCE 790Mechanics and Thermodynamics of the Air-Sea Interface3

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
OCE 642 3
OCE 686 3
RSM 612 Statistics for Marine Scientists * 3
MGS 635 Geological Hazards 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
OCE 643 3
OCE 687 3
OCE 637 Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean * 3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
OCE 805 MPS Internship 1 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Mission

MPS Applied Remote Sensing, in conjunction with the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world experiences geared towards a successful career in the field of remote sensing in both public and private sectors. This program is also appropriate for those already in the workforce who require additional training or are looking to expand upon their knowledge and skills.

Goals

The goal of the Applied Remote Sensing (ARS) track is to provide students with theoretical knowledge and advanced training of remote sensing technology in an effort to to acquire high-resolution satellite images and near-real-time measurements of sea surface temperatures, currents, wave heights, wind speeds, atmospheric temperature profiles, clouds, aerosols, and more.  In relation to disaster response after hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, oil spills, monitoring ship traffic, floating sea ice, and more, students obtain an understanding of remote sensing technologies and applications, as well as training for the interpretation of the collected data.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Applied Remote Sensing students will learn theoretical knowledge and practical skills using a variety of remote sensing instruments to produce, measure, and interpret data from high-resolution satellite images for application to various end-users in the private and public sectors.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will write up a final report and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.