IR and Radiometry for Natural Science Applications

Course Details

Public Course

This course will provide a sound basis for success in using thermal imaging for natural science applications. Topics include human and animal thermal imaging and non contact temperature measurement, equine thermal imaging, fever detection and screening, use of cameras for field detection of plants, animals, terrain, sub-surface detection, laboratory data collection and statistical data analysis and trending.

Anyone using or considering the use of thermography or infrared radiometry for natural science applications should attend this course. This includes existing thermographers, scientists, engineers, researchers, medical or veterinary personnel, and biologists. There is no pre-requisite required.

Course Overview:

  • Learning to Think Thermally®
  • History of infrared & thermal imaging
  • Types of equipment & equipment fundamentals
  • Heat transfer & radiation theory
  • Data recording & software analysis
  • Material emissivity considerations including skin & fur
  • Infrared imaging of mammals, birds, & vegetation
  • Protocols for equine imaging
  • Human imaging
  • Disease & fever screening
  • Terrain & forest fire imaging
  • Methodology, standards and protocols

If participants own an infrared camera they are encouraged to bring one. If you do not own an infrared camera there will be different cameras from inexpensive low resolution to high end resolution systems available for use at the class.

At the conclusion of the course participants will be able to operate an IR camera; be able to understand the different type of thermal anomalies and their impact on surface temperature and pattern; know how to conduct baseline data collection; understand and perform radiometric temperature measurement as accurately as possible, understand the limitations and appropriateness of the technology and be able to perform basic image analysis and reporting functions.