Beyond the Visible – Introduction to Hyperspectral Remote Sensing

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Welcome to the online course

Beyond the Visible – Introduction to Hyperspectral Remote Sensing.

In this course, you will learn the basics of imaging spectroscopy. No matter if you are a student or a professional or whatever continent you are from, this course was designed for you and we hope to provide some helpful background information, process understanding and applications that relate to your area of interest or expertise.

What will you learn?

This course will provide you, not only with the fundamentals of imaging spectroscopy, but also gives you access to free data sources, open-source software and hands-on training exercises.

By the end of this course, you should have learned …

  • what imaging spectroscopy is
  • what application fields it is useful for
  • what the physical background is
  • which sensors are commonly used
  • how spectroscopy data are acquired
  • where you can get data from
  • what software you could use
  • and finally first processing steps to analyze them

The rising number of imaging spectrometers deployed on airborne platforms and the launch of space-borne imaging spectroscopy missions are accompanied by an increasing need for education and training activities with a focus on hyperspectral imagery – with the data becoming more and more available, you need to know how to best use it and benefit from its great potential. Learn from a variety of experts and adopt the knowledge to your personal research interest(s). This course, which will teach all the basics of imaging spectroscopy, comprises three major lessons. Check out the table of content below.

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Course specifications


Choose your own learning pace. Depending on your existing knowledge, each lesson will take 1-2 hours and the entire course is designed to take you about 5 hours.

Theoretical foundation and practical applications

In ‘Beyond the Visible – Introduction to Hyperspectral Remote Sensing’ you will first learn the (theoretical) principles of imaging spectroscopy, followed by principles of sensor technologies and data acquisition techniques – despite the theoretical nature, these lessons are presented with plenty of opportunities for activity and interaction. In the final lesson, you will finally get to know data sources and software, design your own workflow and get a chance to participate in expert-led hands-on training exercises.


We do assume that you have a basic understanding of remote sensing techniques and radiation transfer in order to really enjoy this course – to make sure we are on the same page, we’ve created a short quiz – if you pass, feel free to continue, if you don’t score the required minimum then we suggest that you look into the recommended resources again before starting the course.


You will receive a certificate of achievement for completing the course.

Meet the Team

For this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) we combined the expertise of various internationally renowned institutes with the support of experts in their respective fields.

This course was created by GFZ Potsdam together with EO-College and various partner institutions.

Arlena Brosinsky
(GFZ Potsdam)
Saskia Förster
(GFZ Potsdam)
Charlotte Wilczok
(GFZ Potsdam)
Robert Eckardt
(EO College)

Funded by

The development of the course was funded within the EnMAP science program under the German Space Agency at DLR with resources from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), except where noted otherwise.

Beyond the Visible – Introduction to Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, MOOC, HYPERedu, EnMAP education initiative, Nov 2021, GFZ Potsdam / DLR Space Agency.

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Course Includes

  • 6 Lessons
  • 29 Topics
  • 21 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate