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Geological remote sensing

Exploration for minerals and geothermal energy to secure our future supplies

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The sustainable use of land and earth resources is a key factor in economic development. In our daily life, we are continuously confronted with things and situations that have a direct link with earth resources and related processes. The buildings in which we live and work are constructed of materials from the earth; the soil produces our daily food; and geothermal resources provide energy for the production of electricity and heat for our houses. Courses in the domain of geological remote sensing focus on the geological investigations and the exploration of Earth resources. They will prepare participants to help supply future demands for energy and minerals, and to support the sustainable development of our society. 

Our courses in geological remote sensing

Our courses in the geological remote sensing domain offer a balanced mix of theory and practice. In the process, we take earth scientists and geologists, and make them into geological remote sensing experts. Considerable emphasis is placed on remote sensing technology and spatial analysis.

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Course focus
Courses in the domain of geological remote sensing focus on two application areas: the exploration, mapping and characterization of mineral resources as well as of active geothermal systems as a sustainable energy source. Through case studies and project work, the participants can choose which of these two areas they would like to focus on in more detail. In the process, we take earth scientists and geologists, and make them into geological remote sensing experts.

Tools used
We apply state-of-the-art tools such as hyperspectral remote sensing or image spectroscopy, thermal remote sensing, infrared spectroscopy, geochemistry, geophysics and contextual image analysis to study our natural environment. We employ a strong scientific approach to problem solving, which will help participants develop an open mind with a critical, scientific attitude.

MSc degree in geological remote sensing

The 18-month MSc degree courses in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Applied Earth Sciences are designed for academics and young or mid-career professionals who are active in geosciences and earth resources exploration. It employs a scientific approach to problem solving, which will help to develop an open mind with a critical attitude and boost academic skills. This degree allows graduates to enter a scientific career path.

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Short certificate courses in geological remote sensing

Do you have a specific requirement for up-to-date education in (applications of) geological remote sensing? ITC offers a number of short (distance) courses leading to a certificate. They vary in duration from three weeks to three months. Choose some of the MSc modules as a short course or even take a distance course at your own convenience.

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ITC is the faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente. We are located in Enschede, a modern and lively town located at the eastern border of the Netherlands. Its excellent connection to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and London make Enschede a good place to study for international students.

Why study at ITC?

ITC is recognized worldwide for achievements in teaching in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. The combination of geo-information science and remote sensing in seven domains is unique in the world. Furthermore, at ITC you will:

  • Gain valuable international experience
  • Study in the cultural heartlands of Europe
  • Leave with a thriving network of international contacts