Introduction to Remote Sensing

Introduction to Remote Sensing

Introduction to Remote Sensing

Introduction to Remote Sensing


Now in its revised and updated third edition, this comprehensive introductory text presents a timely overview of the most widely used forms of remote sensing imagery and their applications in plant sciences, hydrology, earth sciences, and land-use analysis. The third edition features new coverage of lidar technology, radar interferometry, and the present generation of satellite sensors, as well as other topics of current significance. Integrating knowledge from the many fields that contribute to remote sensing, the text is richly illustrated with 28 color plates and more than 380 black-and-white images and figures.


This volume presents an introductory course of study in remote sensing, designed to be comprehensive within the constraints imposed by the length of the volume and the backgrounds of students.

Readers are already aware, if only in a general way, of the dramatic advances in instrumentation and analysis that this field has experienced since the first edition of Introduction to Remote Sensing was published in 1987. These technical achievements have expanded both commercial and scientific applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GISs). These developments occur in the context of broader social and technological changes that have escalated demands for citizens to develop spatial literacy—a mastery of the diverse forms of spatial information that have become more and more a part of society's decision-making processes and learning activities. Thus this book attempts to introduce the field of remote sensing to both the aspiring specialist and those who seek a broader background that includes an understanding of images that represent the earth's surface.

Because this textbook is intended for use in a variety of curricula, it is not tailored to any single academic discipline. The field of remote sensing itself illustrates the difficulty of defining clear boundaries between disciplines, so this volume seeks to encourage students to explore subjects outside their usual curricula. To this end, the text attempts to integrate knowledge from the many fields that contribute to remote sensing and to avoid preoccupation with any single perspective.

Instructors will want to supplement the content of this volume with material of special significance in their own programs. Supplementary materials will, of course, vary greatly from one institution to the next, depending on access to facilities and equipment as well as the varying expectations and interests of instructors, students, and curricula.

It is assumed that the text will be used as the basis for readings and lectures, and that most courses will include at least brief laboratory exercises that permit students to examine many more images than can be presented here. Because access to specific equipment and software varies so greatly, and because of the great variation in emphasis noted above, this book does not include laboratory exercises. Each chapter concludes with a set of Review Questions and problems that can assist in review and assessment of concepts and material.

For students who intend to specialize in remote sensing, this text forms not only an introduction but also a framework for subjects to be studied in greater detail. Students who do intend . . .

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