Remote Sensing of Environmental Pollution

This course is part of the programme
Master’s study programme Environment (second cycle)

Objectives and competences

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic principles and methods for remote sensing. The course focuses on the most important techniques of the remote sensing of pollution, as well as on other methods of remote observation of the state of the environment. Students can obtain practical experience in measurements with the only laser remote sensing system operating in and having been assembled in Slovenia.


There are no prerequisites.


The course covers the following chapters: introduction into remote sensing, differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS), Mie and differential absorption lidar, absorption spectroscopy with diode lasers for measurements in the atmosphere, sensing o gases in infrared spectral field, techniques for remote sensing water and land surfaces.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Students will be able to use the basic physical principles and methods for remote sensing and properly treat, analyze and interprete data provided by remote sensing methods. They will also be able to perform measurements with the laser remote sensing system (LIDAR).


  • J. B. Campbell: Introduction to remote sensing, 2nd Edition, London, Taylor & Francis, 1996. Catalogue E-version
  • M. W. Sigrist (ur.): Air monitoring by spectroscopic techniques, New York [etc.], John Wiley & Sons, 1994. Catalogue E-version
  • E. D. Hinkley (ur.): Laser monitoring of the atmosphere, Berlin [etc.], Springer, 1976. Catalogue E-version
  • J. H. R. Clark, E. Ronald (ur.): Spectroscopy in environmental science, Chichester [etc.], John Wiley & Sons, 1995. Catalogue E-version
  • C. Elachi: Introduction to the physics and techniques of remote sensing, New York [etc.], John Wiley & Sons, 1987. Catalogue E-version


• Test on tutorials (33 %) • Written examination (67 %)

Lecturer's references

Full Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nova Gorica

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LIU, Mingqiang, KORTE KOBYLINSKA, Dorota, FRANKO, Mladen. Theoretical description of thermal lens spectrometry in micro space. Journal of applied physics, ISSN 0021-8979, 2012, vol. 111, no. 3, str. 033109-1-033109-12.

KORTE KOBYLINSKA, Dorota, BRUZZONITI, Maria Concetta, SARZANINI, Corrado, FRANKO, Mladen. Thermal lens spectrometric determination of colloidal and ionic silver in water. International journal of thermophysics, 2011, vol. 32, str. 818-827.

KOREN, Urška, FILIPČIČ, Andrej, ZAVRTANIK, Marko, FRANKO, Mladen, ARČON, Iztok, VEBERIČ, Darko. Opazovanje atmosfere in zaznavanje onesnaženosti zraka na daljavo z uporabo tehnike LIDAR. V: Slovenski kemijski dnevi 2000, Maribor, 28. in 29. september 2000. GLAVIČ, Peter (ur.), BRODNJAK-VONČINA, Darinka (ur.). Zbornik referatov s posvetovanja. Maribor: FKKT, 2000, str. 401-406.

MOČNIK, Griša, VOVK, Irena, FRANKO, Mladen, OFFERMANN, Stephan, GIBKES, Jürgen, GARDETTE, Gérard, KRAPEZ, Jean-Claude. Photothermal investigations of thin-layer chromatography plates. V: ORAEVSKY, Alexander A. (ur.). Biomedical optoacoustics : 25-27 January 2000, San Jose, USA, (Progress in biomedical optics and imaging, ISSN 1605-7422, vol. 1, no. 10), (SPIE proceedings series, ISSN 1017-2653, vol. 3916). Bellingham, Wash., USA: SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, cop. 2000, str. 171-178.