Remote sensing resources for Idaho.



U.S. Geological Survey


Boise State University

Idaho State University

University of Idaho

Education and Training Materials

Remote Sensing Courses

Boise State University

Geog 361/561: Remote Sensing (3 credits, fall semester) • Boise State campus live offering only
Description: Acquisition, interpretation, processing, and analysis of digital imagery. Remote sensing applications including forestry, geology, ecology, and urban planning. PREREQ: GEOG 360 Introduction to GIS.

Idaho State University

Geol 4409/5509: Remote sensing (3 credits, spring semester) • Live and distance learning: Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Boise
Geol 5559: Lidar and image processing (3 credits, fall semester) • Live and distance learning: Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Boise
Geol 6609: Advanced Image Processing (1 credit, fall semester) • Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Boise

University of Idaho

FOR 375: Introduction to geospatial analysis for natural resource management
FOR 435: Remote sensing for fire management
FOR 451: Fuels inventory and management
FOR 472: Remote sensing of the environment
FOR 504: Advanced methods in remote sensing

The Boise River: From Snow to River to You

Idaho State University BCAL undergraduate Carol Moore developed and produced a video to educate 4th-6th graders about the Boise watershed, where their water comes from, and the many uses of that water in the Treasure Valley, Idaho. The video uses LiDAR, GIS data, Google Earth, photography, diagrams, narration, and musical composition to convey the importance of understanding water resources. This video was produced in partnership with the NRCS Snow Survey, Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center, and Bogus Basin Snow School. Funding for the video was provided by the NSF Idaho EPSCoR Program and by the National Science Foundation under award number EPS-0814387. This video has been recognized by USDA NRCS scientists throughout Idaho, California, Oregon, and Nebraska as a 'great learning tool'!

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Boise River

Interactive Water Quality Map

ISU BCAL students Sara Ehinger and Carol Moore developed an interactive water quality map for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to be used with middle school students. The interactive map uses Google Earth and GIS layers of the Lower Portneuf river valley aquifer, wells, and septic permit locations. This project was supported by the Idaho EPSCoR Program and the National Science Foundation.

→ Download documentation demonstrating map use. Formats: DOCX | PDF
→ Download the Google Earth KMZ file

Interactive Water Quality Map
Interactive Water Quality Map

For information about remote sensing education and training, please contact:

Dr. Jan U.H. Eitel
Research Assistant Professor
University of Idaho, McCall Field Campus and McCall Outdoor Science School
Geospatial Laboratory for Environmental Dynamics
College of Natural Resources
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1135
Moscow, ID 83844-1135
Phone: 208-596-9277
Skype: jansteeple