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Earth Imagery at Work

Esri via Independent

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Digital images of earth’s surface produced by remote sensing are the basis of modern mapping. They are also used to create valuable information products across a spectrum of industries. This free online course is for everyone who is interested in applications of earth imagery to increase productivity, save money, protect the environment, and even save lives.


Section 1

Overview of the Course and Imagery

Imagery is increasingly integrated in the decision making process across many industries. The analysis of imagery is an efficient way to gain information that saves time, money and resources. In this course we will talk about applications of imagery and image analysis to provide solutions to challenges faced in various industries.

Section 2

Imagery in Agriculture: The Crop Doctor is in

It’s more than hoping, praying, planting, wishing these days for agriculture. Learn how imagery can add another dimension to farmers’ in-depth knowledge of their land with information only available through remotely sensed data.

Section 3

Imagery in Environmental: Understand the World Around you

Seeing is believing. Remotely sensed data enables you to understand large scale global changes over time that impact our world. Learn to identify and quantify changes in vegetation.

Section 4

Imagery in Disaster Management: Plan, Prepare, Act

Explore how imagery is used prior to events to predict and prepare, during events to mobilize people and resources and make decisions, and after events to mitigate subsequent problems. Create maps and web apps designed to quickly disseminate information to decision makers.

Section 5

Imagery in Utilities: Keeping the Public Happy

Whether we are talking about poles, pipes or water tanks, the public expects to have their lights on, gas flowing and clean water. Discover how imagery helps utilities work more efficiently and provide reliable service.

Section 6

Imagery in Commercial: Why Are You Watching Me

Imagery helps businesses find customers, monitor competition and market effectively. Explore how the progress of a commercial development can be monitored using imagery captured by drones.

Section 7

Imagery in Insurance: Risky Business

The world is unpredictable, and imagery can help insurance companies understand risks, make proactive decisions and uncover fraud. Explore factors considered in risk analyses and factors that contribute to the damage reported in insurance claims.


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  • Ahmet Furkan Üstün completed this course.

    It is a well designed course by Esri to have some hands-on experience on leveraging imagery to analyse various real world issues.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very informative. I obtained useful skills. I acquired new image analysis knowledge as well as becoming more familiar with ArcGIS online. The only negative was that I could not access lesson 6.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was an informative, semi-beginner course. I enjoyed the video lectures/sessions by people who work in the industry and how they got there. One thing that I thought the course showcased particularly well is its emphasis on just how interconnected GIS and imagery is to pretty much everything around us. I am definitely thinking about taking the course again the next time it is offered.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great to know more about some real case scenario analysis. The guided exercises helped in understanding which steps are necessary to conduct for an appropriate analysis. I found it very stimulating and discover that ArcGIS Pro is wow, super well designed, nice to work with, extremely powerful and relatively easy to use.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A truly inspiring course giving a thorough insight into a broad application of Earth imagery in different areas of life. It's well-structured, the materials are relevant and simply fun to use. On top of everything the people who run the course seem so nice it makes you want to work for ESRI!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great course for anybody interested in imagery and data! This course will teach one how to do vegetation analysis, work with shake maps, and give you the skills to become a proficient beginner user of ArcGIS Online and ArcGis Pro.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is very informative and not difficult, though it does take some time to complete the exercises if you are working carefully. The exercises were realistic scenarios that helped me to expand my GIS skills and knowledge.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great course! A lot of interesting "tricks" to work with images, very useful and actual topics of case studies. Easy to follow for ArcGis beginners on really practical exercises!
    Thanks a lot for this free course!
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    Laura Andrusca

    Laura Andrusca completed this course.

    I learnt a lot of new capabilities of Imagery at Work. Mostly I liked Exercise 2 about NAIP imagery, combined precipitation layers and performed an analysis to delineate yield management zones. It's fabulous
  • Faiza A

    Faiza A completed this course.

    Very applicable examples of the real world problems. Anyone with interest in GIS, art and interpreting photographs in general, should consider the course. Very comprehensive and yet very well explained.
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    Pradeepa Kaliraj

    Pradeepa Kaliraj completed this course.

    The course was structured in a way, that we could understand the practical application. The exercises were really interesting. But I was not fortunate enough to work the exercise. Excellent course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found it very instructive and good use of my time. The course achieves its goal of presenting several cases for use of imagery and intr0ducing imagery processing tools
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great class! I found it to be much more in depth than I had imagined. You can really sink your teeth in because they offer a variety of topics to learn about.
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    Bapu Chand

    Bapu Chand completed this course.

    excellent with good knowledge even for beginners. It is a course with well designed for all levels of student. we highly recommend this course for all
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Instructions were easily understood. The course was a great introduction to working with imagery in Arc GIS PRo and ArcGIS Online.

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