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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOG 330 - Airphoto Interpretation

Introduction to airborne photography and the tools and techniques to apply this photography to geographical issues. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Course fee required.  Formerly GEOG 410, students may not receive credit for both.

Prerequisites: GEOG 301 (Formerly GEOG 203).

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


Demonstrate knowledge of scale, projections, theories and physics of light by applying them on specific assignments.


Students will correctly interpret information off maps to obtain data on places, including distance, elevation, aspect, and slope. Students will use mathematical formulas that relate light and energy.

Interpret topographic maps and aerial photographs using metadata and physical keys of scale.


In a series of lab exercises, students will use topographic maps and codes to analyze landscape and physical features found in aerial photographs.

Familiarity with how and where to access analog and digital maps and aerial photos on the CWU campus, in the public and private sphere for use in different  projects.


Students will learn how to acquire digital maps and aerial photographs for personal use. Students will be able to correctly identify which type of map they will need for various aerial photography  projects, and learn how to interpret metadata associated with these files.

Collect field data and then construct a dataset overlaying field data on aerial photographs, and maps.


Students will demonstrate skills in using stereoscopes, gps, and other map analytical tools to improve spatial knowledge and application to aerial and digital imagery through a series of lab exercises.

Calculate height, distance, and area using aerial photo and digital imagery.


Students will demonstrate photogrammetric techniques that allowing them to extract spatial data from aerial photographs through a series of lab exercises.

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