Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS-GIS)

Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS-GIS)2018-11-15T17:51:12+00:00



Geoinformatics comprising Remote Sensing (RS)Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) provides extremely useful tools for environmental and natural resources management. They are widely recognized as supporting tools for the planning, monitoring, and management of the appropriate utilization of resources at the country, regional and global levels.

While they represent multidisciplinary backgrounds, students in RS&GIS share a common interest, that is, to use remote sensing, GIS, GPS and other space technologies as tools in pursuing their academic work as well as in developing new technologies that are applicable to the region. RS&GIS welcomes students from three other AIT Schools who are interested in attending some subjects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the applications of geoinformatics or space technologies. The basics of geoinformatics or the so-called institute-wide course, was especially designed for such need from other schools.

Because of the complexity of the technologies together with the heavy dependence on advanced computer skills, application specialists need to have a sound knowledge of the theoretical aspects and practical approaches to integrate many resources of information that address different applications. Furthermore, scientists, planners or engineers interested in these technologies should be familiar with past, present and future satellite systems, their appropriate usage, data acquisition and handling and integration with other data sources.

The curriculum well covers the theoretical aspects and application of space technology, especially in Remote Sensing and GIS. It provides students ample time to gain application know-how through laboratory sessions. Students are free to use satellite data received by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Satellite Receiving Stations for their theses or research studies.

The demand for RS&GIS graduates is very high as there is lack of professionals in these disciplines, particularly those with a vast knowledge of the practical utilization of these technologies. Employment opportunities are available in a wide range of areas, including agriculture, forestry, coastal development and management, urban planning and development, medical technology, mapping and planning, disaster mitigation and environmental management.

Employment opportunities are available in a wide range of areas, including agriculture, forestry, coastal development and management, urban planning and development, medical technology, mapping and planning, disaster mitigation and environmental management.

Major areas covered in the coursework are fundamentals of remote sensing and GIS, earth-energy interaction, atmospheric correction, application potential in various disciplines, GIS data sources, map projection, geo-statistics, spatial modeling, automated mapping, digital terrain model, GPS data acquisition, and integration of GIS, remote sensing and GPS.


Programs leading to the award of AIT’s Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Technical Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Science, diploma and certificate are offered.

Preferred Background

For Master Program
Undergraduate degree in information, computer, and space related field, civil and infrastructure related fields (regional planning, mapping, cartography surveying, geodesy) earth science environment and natural resources (oceanography, agriculture, forestry, fishery) or social science disciplines with adequate professional experience in a relevant field.

For Doctoral Program
Master degree in a field relevant to the chosen program of study.

Course Structure

Course ID Course Title Credits Semester Remark
AT76.01 Geographic Information Systems 3(2-3) August Required
AT76.02 Mapping Technology 3(3-0) August Required
AT76.03 Remote Sensing 3(2-3) August Required
AT76.04 Aerospace Technology 3(2-3) August Elective
AT76.06 Advanced Technologies in GIS 3(2-3) January Elective
AT76.07 Advanced Mapping Technology 3(2-3) January Elective
AT76.08 Digital Photogrammetry 3(3-0) January Elective
AT76.09 Digital Image Processing in Remote Sensing 2(1-3) January Elective
AT76.10 Advanced Remote Sensing 3(2-3) January Elective
AT76.12 Principles of Remote Sensing 2(1-3) January Elective
AT76.13 Remote Sensing Data Analysis 2(1-3) January Required
AT76.14 Digital Photogrammetry 2(1-3) August Elective
AT76.15 Microwave Remote Sensing 2(2-0) August Elective
AT76.16 Advanced Application Development in GIS 2(1-3) January Required
AT76.17 Spatial Analysis Methods in GIS 2(2-0) January Elective
AT76.18 Advance Mapping Techniques 2(2-0) August Elective
AT76.9010 Selected Topic: Advanced Aerospace Technology/Global Positioning and Navigation 3(3-0) January Elective
AT76.9011 Selected Topic: Microwave Remote Sensing 2(2-0) August Elective
AT76.9012 Selected Topic: Workshop on Critical Discussion 2(-) August Elective
AT76.9013 Selected Topic: Spatial Analysis Methods in GIS 2(2-0) January Elective
AT76.9014 Selected Topic: Advance Application Development in GIS 2(1-2) January Elective
AT76.9015 Selected Topic: Workshop on Image Analysis Study 2(2-0) InterSem Elective
AT76.9016 Selected Topic: Digital Photogrammetry 2(1-3) January Elective
AT76.9017 Selected Topic: Terrestrial Photogrammetry and Topography from Remote Sensors 3(-) InterSem Elective
AT76.9018 Selected Topic: Geoinformation Technology in Climate Change Applications 1(1-0) August Elective
AT76.9019 Selected Topic: Data Modeling for Geospatial Information 1(1-0) January Elective
AT76.9020 Selected Topic: Aerospace Technology 3(3-0) January Elective

In RS&GIS, the minimum course requirements is 26 credits for Thesis option and 38 credits for Research study option.

Thesis Option Research Option
Required Courses  9 credits 9 credits
Elective Courses 15 credits 27 credits
Institute Wide Elective Courses 2 credits 2 credits
Option 22 credits 10 credits
Total 48 credits *  48 credits

* The Institute-wide elective courses of 2 credits are included in the total course credits.