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Environmental Remote Sensing and Systems Analysis

1st Edition

Edited by Ni-Bin Chang

CRC Press

520 pages | 237 Color Illus.

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Using a systems analysis approach and extensive case studies, Environmental Remote Sensing and Systems Analysis shows how remote sensing can be used to support environmental decision making. It presents a multidisciplinary framework and the latest remote sensing tools to understand environmental impacts, management complexity, and policy implications.

Organized into three parts, this full-color book provides systematic coverage of water quality monitoring, air quality monitoring, and monitoring of land use patterns and degradation. Chapters elaborate on the interactions between human and natural systems, addressing questions such as "what are the regional impacts of an oil spill in coastal environments?" and "how does urbanization affect the rate of infiltration of water at urban–rural interfaces?" Throughout, contributors discuss new techniques and methods for measurements, mathematical modeling, and image processing.

Key features:

  • Compares data mining, machine learning, and image processing methods to help you select the best one for your needs
  • Incorporates ground-based monitoring networks as part of air and water quality management
  • Emphasizes environmental information management, with proper integration of GPS, GIS, and existing environmental databases
  • Shows how modeling can be used for decision making
  • Examines how remote sensing can be used to understand environmental health implications and to shape environmental management policies
  • Demonstrates how systems analysis can be used to aid in environmental policy analysis
  • Discusses opportunities for integrated field and laboratory studies in remote sensing education

A useful reference for students, professionals, scientists, and policy makers in environmental management and informatics as well as environmental, agricultural, forest, and sustainability sciences, this book shows readers how to monitor air, soil, and water quality using state-of-the-art remote sensing tools.


"… will help emerging environmental scientists as well as graduate and undergraduate students working on their research studies in formulating their research methods to incorporate appropriate RS data and techniques."

Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, July 2013

Table of Contents

Linkages between Environmental Remote Sensing and Systems Analysis

Ni-Bin Chang

Water Quality Monitoring, Watershed Development, and Coastal Management

Using Remote Sensing–Based Carlson Index Mapping to Assess Hurricane and Drought Effects on Lake Trophic State

Ni-Bin Chang and Zhemin Xuan

Mapping Potential Annual Pollutant Loads in River Basins Using Remotely Sensed Imagery

Kazuo Oki, Bin He, and Taikan Oki

Identifying the Impact of Oil Spills with the Remote Sensing– Based Oil Spread Index Method

Fahad A. M. Alawadi

Remote Sensing to Predict Estuarine Water Salinity

Fugui Wang and Y. Jun Xu

Multitemporal Remote Sensing of Coastal Sediment Dynamics

Paul Elsner, Tom Spencer, Iris Möller, and Geoff Smith

Estimating Total Phosphorus Impacts in a Coastal Bay with Remote Sensing Images and In Situ Measurements

Ni-Bin Chang and Kunal Nayee

Monitoring and Mapping of Flood Plumes in the Great Barrier Reef Based on In Situ and Remote Sensing Observations

Michelle Devlin, Thomas Schroeder, Lachlan McKinna, Jon Brodie, Vittorio Brando, and Arnold Dekker

Sensing and Monitoring for Land Use Patterns, Reclamation, and Degradation

Satellite Remote Sensing for Landslide Prediction

Yang Hong, Zonghu Liao, Robert F. Adler, and Chun Liu

Analysis of Impervious Surface and Suburban Form Using High Spatial Resolution Satellite Imagery

D. Barry Hester, Stacy A. C. Nelson, Siamak Khorram, Halil I. Cakir, Heather M. Cheshire, and Ernst F. Hain

Use of InSAR for Monitoring Land Subsidence in Mashhad Subbasin, Iran

Maryam Dehghani, Mohammad Javad Valadan Zoej, Mohammad Sharifikia, Iman Entezam, and Sassan Saatchi

Remote Sensing Assessment of Coastal Land Reclamation Impact in Dalian, China, Using High-Resolution SPOT Images and Support Vector Machine

Ni-Bin Chang, Min Han, Wei Yao, and Liang-Chien Chen

Mapping Impervious Surface Distribution with the Integration of Landsat TM and QuickBird Images in a Complex Urban– Rural Frontier in Brazil

Dengsheng Lu, Emilio Moran, Scott Hetrick, and Guiying Li

Air Quality Monitoring, Land Use/Land Cover Changes, and Environmental Health Concern

Using Lidar to Characterize Particles from Point and Diffuse Sources in an Agricultural Field

Michael D. Wojcik, Randal S. Martin, and Jerry L. Hatfield

Measurement of Aerosol Properties over Urban Environments from Satellite Remote Sensing

Min M. Oo, Lakshimi Madhavan Bomidi, and Barry M. Gross

DOAS Technique: Emission Measurements in Urban and Industrial Regions

Pasquale Avino and Maurizio Manigrasso

Interactions between Ultraviolet-B and Total Ozone Concentrations in the Continental United States

Zhiqiang Gao, Wei Gao, and Ni-Bin Chang

Remote Sensing of Asian Dust Storms

Tang-Huang Lin, Gin-Rong Liu, Si-Chee Tsay, N. Christina Hsu, and Shih-Jen Huang

Forest Fire and Air Quality Monitoring from Space

John J. Qu and Xianjun Hao

Satellite Remote Sensing of Global Air Quality

Sundar A. Christopher


About the Editor

Dr. Ni-Bin Chang is currently a professor with the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and is affiliated with the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He has earned the selectively awarded titles of Certificate of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) in 2004, Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) in 2006, Diplomat of Water Resources Engineer (DWRE) in 2007, elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences (EAS) in 2008, elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2009, and elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2011. He was one of the founders of International Society of Environmental Information Management and the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental Informatics. He is currently an editor, associate editor, or editorial board member of more than 30 international journals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems