SO503 Honors Modern Methods

Spring 2006 Test 1



Short answer

4 @ 15 points



Longer answer

2@ 20 points









Definitions: answer with no more than one or two sentence.


Short Answer: The questions should be answered with a short paragraph.


Note that on both the definitions and short answer you have a choice of which questions to answer.


Short Answer. Answer 4 of the 6 short answer questions on this and the following pages.


1.  Explain how the diagram below affects spatial and spectral resolution in remote sensing, and how are those two aspects of resolution related?



2.  Some people think a filter solves any problem.  Use the following two filters on the series below:     




































What is the purpose of a filter, and how do these two filters differ?



3.  The diagram below shows spectral reflectance curves for three materials.  How can such a relationship be applied in designing the bands to include on a satellite?




4  How does the publication of EOS fit into the broader goals of the American Geophysical Union?



5.  Discuss how and why measurement of T-phases has improved our understanding of earthquakes on the Juan de Fuca and other mid ocean ridges.


6.  What is the role of an abstract in scientific paper?  When should it be written, and what should it include?  Is the abstract any different when it is submitted for a presentation at a scientific meeting?





Longer answer.  You must answer two of these 3 questions, for 20 points each.


1.      You have been looking in EOS and see two jobs for which you might apply. Translate what the two institutions are looking for into plain English, and state which job would be preferable (and why).   Insure that you discuss research funding and publishing.




2.  Stockli and other discussed challenges in creating the satellite image below.  Why was this a difficult job, and do you think it was worth their effort to devote time to create it?  What aspects of the physics behind remote sensing and satellite orbits contributed to the challenges they faced?




3.  What is a GIS, and why are they important for earth sciences?  Insure that you discuss two of the papers we have discussed (Bohnenstiehl and others, 2004, or Dziak and others, 2006 on earthquakes on the Juan de Fuca plate, and Bohme, 2004, on snakehead distribution), and whether the principles are broadly applicable to many branches of the earth sciences.