3rd Edition

Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing An Environmental Approach, Third Edition

By Emilio Chuvieco Copyright 2020
    432 Pages 289 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    432 Pages 289 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing: An Environmental Approach, Third Edition, is a definitive guide to remote sensing systems that focuses on satellite-based remote sensing tools and methods for space-based Earth observation (EO). It presents the advantages of using remote sensing data for studying and monitoring the planet, and emphasizes concepts that make the best use of satellite data. The book begins with an introduction to the basic processes that ensure the acquisition of space-borne imagery, and provides an overview of the main satellite observation systems. It then describes visual and digital image analysis, highlights various interpretation techniques, and outlines their applications to science and management. The latter part of the book covers the integration of remote sensing with Geographic Information System (GIS) for environmental analysis. This latest edition has been written to reflect a global audience and covers the most recent advances incorporated since the publication of the previous book, relating to the acquisition and interpretation of remotely sensed data.

    New in the Third Edition:

    • Includes additional illustrations in full color.
    • Uses sample images acquired from different ecosystems at different spatial resolutions to illustrate different interpretation techniques.
    • Includes updated EO missions, such as the third generations of geostationary meteorological satellites, the new polar orbiting platforms (Suomi), the ESA Sentinels program, and high-resolution commercial systems.
    • Includes extended coverage of radar and LIDAR processing methods.
    • Includes all new information on near-ground missions, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
    • Covers new ground sensors, as well as machine-learning approaches to classification.
    • Adds more focus on land surface characterization, time series, change detection, and ecosystem processes.
    • Extends the interactions of EO data and GIS that cover different environmental problems, with particular relevance to global observation.

    Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing: An Environmental Approach, Third Edition, details the tools that provide global, recurrent, and comprehensive views of the processes affecting the Earth. As one of CRC’s Essential titles, this book and stands out as one of the best in its field and is a must-have for researchers, academics, students, and professionals involved in the field of environmental science, as well as for libraries developing collections on the forefront of this industry.


    Physical Principles of Remote Sensing.

    Sensors and Remote Sensing Satellites. 

    Basis for Analyzing EO Satellite Images.

    Visual Interpretation.

    Digital image processing (I): From Raw to Corrected Data.

    Digital image processing (II): Generation of Derived Variables.


    Earth Observation and Geographic Information Systems.




    Emilio Chuvieco is a Professor of Geography and director of the Environmental Ethics chair at the University of Alcalá, Spain, where he coordinates the Master program in Geographic Information Technologies, and leads the "Environmental Remote Sensing Research Group".

    He has received the Rei Jaume I award for Environmental Protection in 2022, Previously, he obtained the research award of the Social Council of the University of Alcalá in 2000, the national award on forest fire research in 2004, the award as advisor of Ph.D. dissertations in 2016, and the award on excellence research and medal distinction of University of Alcalá in 2021. He is within the 2% of most influential scientists in the Stanford University ranking of the world scientists.

    Visiting professor at the U.C. Berkeley and Santa Barbara, University of Cambridge,Maryland and the Canadian Remote Sensing Center. Advisor of 43 Ph.D. dissertations. Principal investigator of 35 research projects and 25 contracts. Author of 33 books and 412 scientific papers and book chapters, It has an h-index of 67 in the Scopus database and 88 om Google Scholar (all data refer November 2023). He has given graduate courses in 21 countries. Former president of the Spanish Remote Sensing Society and the Geographic Information Technologies group of the Association of Spanish Geographers. Corresponding member of the Spanish Academy of Sciences since 2004. He is the science leader of the Fire Disturbance ECV within the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative Program. Science coordinador of the European project FirEUrisk. Co-editor in Chief of Remote Sensing of Environment from 2015 to March 2020.