20 Resolution and Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing: Resolution

In remote sensing resolution refers to one’s ability to resolve (determine, identify, etc.) what is present in an image.┬áThere are four ┬áresolution types: spatial, spectral, radiometric, and temporal.

Spatial Resolution

Spatial resolution refers to the smallest item that can be resolved visually or spectrally in an image. The extent to which something (of a certain size) can be resolved is directly related to the pixel size of of the image and sensing system

the multivariate nature of resolution is often conflated to spatial resolution.


Spectral Resolution


Radiometric Resolution




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