The Basics of Visible and Infrared Remote Sensing is an online version of the first ASMET (African Satellite Meteorology Education and Training) lesson published on CD-ROM in 1997.
The concepts and capabilities presented are common to most international geostationary (GEO) and low-Earth orbiting (LEO) meteorological satellites since their inception, and continue to apply to both current and newer satellite constellations. The lesson reviews remote sensing and radiative transfer theory through a series of conceptual models.
Discussions contain explanations of the different Meteosat First Generation imager channels and the phenomena that they can monitor, individually and in combination.
Although the images have not been updated, the concepts are fundamental and remain relevant today. Most of the images are from Meteosat and depict weather conditions over Africa, although some GOES imagery is also included.
Note that there is also a downloadable version available for offline viewing. In addition, it is possible to take a quiz related to this lesson to test learning.