20 Division Essay Topics: Hot Ideas about the Area of Remote Sensing

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Posted on January 31, 2017

Previously, we discussed 10 facts for a division essay on remote sensing and earth science. We are certain that those facts helped you understand what remote sensing really is, and you are in a position to use them to come up with your essay on the topic. To make things easier, we have also covered 20 relevant topics which you can choose and start writing on. These topics are correlated with facts so it would be easier for you to compose an essay quickly and effortlessly.

We also recommend you to read our final guide i.e. how to write a division essay on remote sensing and earth science before you start composing the essay yourself. This final guide will help you pinpoint the techniques and methodologies that will help you beautify your essay and make it exemplary.

We assure you that if you read and follow all the guides we have written for you, your professor will be very pleased with your work.

With that being said, here are the 20 topics on remote sensing and earth science:

  1. An Overview on the History of Remote Sensing Technology
  2. The Correlation between Remote Sensing and Earth Science
  3. The Reader’s Advantage to Understanding Remote Sensing and Earth Science
  4. Differentiation between Active and Passive Remote Sensing System
  5. The Dynamic Upsurge of Remote Sensing along with GPS, GIS and Photogrammetry
  6. The Principles of Remote Sensing – A Short Division Essay on Earth Science
  7. The Variety of Contemporary Mapping Technologies i.e. Remote Sensors
  8. What’s Digital Video Imagery and is it Utilized in Remote Sensing Technology?
  9. How Remote Scanners Operate to Capture Information in Digital Form
  10. A Division Essay on the Variety of Active/Passive Remote Sensors Used Today
  11. How a Video Camera Can Be Used as a Passive Remote Sensor in an Aircraft
  12. Passive Sensors that Capture the Reflected or Emitted Energy Intensity
  13. The Reflectance Characteristics of Earth’s Cover Types
  14. The Interaction of the Atmosphere with Remote Sensors and its Effects
  15. A Division Essay on the Physical Processes of Solar Energy Modification
  16. The Use of Remote Sensing for the Treaty Verification Guidance Penetration
  17. A Division Essay on LIDAR Systems, its Operations and its Interfaced Systems
  18. The Forward Looking Infrared Remote Sensor and its Uses in Earth Science
  19. The Interaction of EMR (a Remote Sensor) with Earth Surface
  20. The Principal Divisions of Electromagnetic System and its Utilization in Earth Science and Remote Sensing Technology

Now you have the topics from which you can choose and start writing immediately. Oh, but don’t forget to have a look at the sample essay we’ve written below. This essay would hint you on how to write a short essay. Of course, you can lengthen it as much as you want but taking a look into this essay would make it easier for you to write.

Sample Essay: The History of Remote Sensing Technology

A multi-disciplinary science is basically what we call remote sensing technology. It has a combination of disciplines that include but are not limited to: photography, electronics, computer, optics, spectroscopy, satellite launching, telecommunication etc.

These technologies work as a system in whole, which is known as remote sensing system. But when did it all start? How did it progress and what kind of categories were divided to make this technology what it is today? All of these questions are answered below.

Firstly, you should know that it all started in 1859, when Gaspard Tournachon shot a photograph, an oblique one, of a small village adjacent to Paris. But this photograph was not taken by hands, instead, it was taken from the view of a balloon giving it  different perspective. This picture is what led to the era of observing earth which then later divided into subsections — remote sensing being one of the main aspects of earth science.

People, from all over the world, then started to follow what Tournachon did. In fact, the U.S. Army utilized this balloon photography in 1983, during the Civil War.

The oblique photography played a large role in revealing the defensive positions that took place in Virginia. The revelation of defensive position, before this kind of methodology, was very difficult as a number of army spies had to go through the enemy territory to get details, then come back to provide those details to their team. Due to the success of this method that Gaspard T. invented, the development and the use of aerial photography started to grow rapidly. This was then applied in airborne vehicles, such as aircrafts etc.

The development rapidly grew larger and large. It dominated the United States and then later, it was also being developed in Europe. During the World War I, aeroplanes were used as a means of scanning the enemy territory by photo reconnaissance. These aircrafts proved to be more reliable and more stable than balloons — providing armies a chance to observe neatly. Once the World War I ended, civilians started to take aerial photos. They used it in the field of forestry, agriculture, geology and cartography.

Due to the developments between World War I and World War II, the cameras improved drastically. Variety of films as well as interpretation equipment was improved to the next level. However, the most significant development process took place during World War II — especially aerial photography and photo interpretation. During these times, new technologies such as near-infrared photography, thermal-infrared photography and imaging radar etc., were developed and utilized in nighttime bombing. They were also used to reveal camouflaged soldiers, changing the landscape of how wars were progressed.

Once the World War II ended, the development of these technologies continued and for far more better purposes. For example, CIR (Color Infrared Radar) photography was a great tool which was utilized in plant sciences and it is still used today, with major improvements of course. In 1956, Cowell used CIR and classified the vegetation types. It also helped reveal which vegetation was damaged, stress or infected.  It also proved to be useful in the recognition of vegetation types.

After the 1950s, more significant progress in the development of radar technology was achieved. Now, remote sensing has become a big part of space exploration, underwater discoveries and so on and so forth.

By reading this essay, we’re sure that you must have realized how easy division essay writing can be if you know how it’s composed and outlined. To make things more easier, we have stated the methodologies in our final guide, which is how to write an on remote sensing and earth science. Be sure to check that out.

If you haven’t read our first guide, which is; 10 facts for division essay on remote sensing and earth science, you should go read that first. It’s highly recommend you do that before you start writing.


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