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New Graduate Degree Track in Applied Remote Sensing

By Diana Udel

New Graduate Degree Track in Applied Remote Sensing

By Diana Udel
New MPS track provides students with the skills necessary to analyze satellite data for coastal and ocean monitoring and environmental research

MIAMI – The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is offering a new Master of Professional Science (MPS) degree track in Applied Remote Sensing. The new track will provide graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to collect and analyze remote sensing data for coastal and ocean monitoring, hazard assessment and natural resource management research. The UM Rosenstiel School is currently enrolling students in the new degree track for Fall 2015.

The MPS program at the UM Rosenstiel School is an accelerated graduate degree program intended for students who seek advanced training in natural science-related fields. The coursework, which can be completed in one year, provides students with the theoretical knowledge and real-world training required in private and civil sector jobs in the field of remote sensing.

“This is an unique program for careers that rely on accurate interpretation of satellite data and information,” said Roland Romeiser, associate professor of ocean sciences at the UM Rosenstiel School. “This new degree track will train the qualified people needed for this emerging job field.”

Students have access to UM’s Center for Tropical Remote Sensing (CSTARS), which provides real-time, high-resolution satellite imagery to the scientific community for a variety of environmental and security applications. CSTARS scientists are working at the forefront of satellite remote sensing with applications to wind, wave, and current observation in all the world’s bodies of water. CSTARS is also the main communications link to the U. S. Antarctic Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Remote sensing techniques have become an indispensable element of many activities in today’s society. Sensors affixed to satellites, airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicle “drones,” and other platforms provide data for a variety of scientific applications. From disaster response after hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and oil spills to monitoring ship traffic and floating sea ice, remote sensing technology can acquire high-resolution satellite images of most areas in the world and obtain near-real-time measurements of sea surface temperatures, currents, wave heights, wind speeds, atmospheric temperature profiles, clouds, aerosols, and more.

In place of a research-based thesis, MPS students complete an internship in a business, government or public sector entity where they can apply their skills in a hands-on setting. The unique skill set they develop aids graduates in stepping seamlessly into their new careers.

The MPS program provides students with unparalleled learning experience to successfully enter competitive job markets where employment demands are growing. The program is accredited through the National Council of Graduate Schools - Professional Science Master’s Program.

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About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School

The University of Miami is one of the largest private research institutions in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, visit: