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Remote Sensing

Division: Division C – High School

NC Essential Standards Alignment: None

Event Rules: See the National Rules manual

Event Score Sheet: None

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials: None

Clarifications: None


This event is typically a sit down test, where all maps, pictures, graphs etc. have been copied for each team.  Remote Sensing uses cameras, radar, satellite imagery, etc to capture the spectral and spatial relationships of objects observed from a distance.  From this information, teams will be given 3 tasks, to analyze and interpret causes, consequences, and perform data analysis related to the topic.  Teams should be familiar with terms, concepts, and principles of satellite imagery.  The topic for the 2018 tournament is climate change processes.


Teams must bring a writing instrument. Each team may bring four 8.5”x11” two-sided sheet of paper containing whatever information they choose. Each participant may also bring up to 1 non-programmable, non-graphing calculator, a metric ruler, and a protractor.


High score wins. Points are earned for every correct answer. Predetermined questions will be used to break ties.

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Event Resources:

2021-2022 Remote Sensing Event Guide

2017 Coaches Clinic Presentation #1

Satellite Sensor Basics Study Guide

Climate Change Basics

Remote Sensing Basics Study Guide

Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
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