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Introduction to Remote Sensing

2nd Edition

By Arthur P. Cracknell

CRC Press

352 pages | 14 Color Illus. | 111 B/W Illus.

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Addressing the need for updated information in remote sensing, Introduction to Remote Sensing, Second Edition provides a full and authoritative introduction for scientists who need to know the scope, potential, and limitations in the field. The authors discuss the physical principles of common remote sensing systems and examine the processing, interpretation, and applications of data. This new edition features updated and expanded material, including greater coverage of applications from across earth, environmental, atmospheric, and oceanographic sciences. Illustrated with remotely sensed color images from satellites and aircraft, it also outlines data acquisition and analysis.

New to this edition:

· Details of satellite systems launched since the first edition

· Sections on airborne lidar for land surveys and airborne gamma ray spectroscopy

· A section on interferometric synthetic aperture radar

· Expanded discussions of filtering of images

· Updates to a number of recent applications, particularly some that make use of global datasets

Suitable for students and professionals with some background in the physical sciences, this book comprehensively surveys the basic principles behind remote sensing physics, techniques, and technology.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Remote Sensing


Aircraft Versus Satellites

Weather Satellites

Observations of the Earth’s Surface

Communications and Data Collection Systems

Sensors and Instruments


Electromagnetic Radiation

Visible and Near-Infrared Sensors

Thermal-Infrared Sensors

Microwave Sensors

Sonic Sensors

Satellite Systems


Meteorological Remote Sensing Satellites

Nonmeteorological Remote Sensing Satellites


Data Reception, Archiving, and Distribution


Data Reception from the TIROS-N/NOAA Series of Satellites

Data Reception from Other Remote Sensing Satellites

Archiving and Distribution

Lasers and Airborne Remote Sensing Systems


Early Airborne Lidar Systems

Lidar Bathymetry

Lidar for Land Surveys

Laser Fluorosensing

Airborne Gamma Ray Spectroscopy

Ground Wave and Sky Wave Radar Techniques


The Radar Equation

Ground Wave Systems

Sky Wave Systems

Active Microwave Instruments


The Altimeter

The Scatterometer

Synthetic Aperture Radar

Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar

Atmospheric Corrections to Passive

Satellite Remote Sensing Data


Radiative Transfer Theory

Physical Processes Involved in Atmospheric Correction

Thermal-Infrared Scanners and Passive Microwave Scanners

Visible Wavelength Scanners

Image Processing


Digital Image Displays

Image Processing Systems

Density Slicing

Image Processing Programs

Image Enhancement

Multispectral Images

Principal Components

Fourier Transforms

Applications of Remotely Sensed Data


Applications to the Atmosphere

Applications to the Geosphere

Applications to the Biosphere

Applications to the Hydrosphere

Applications to the Cryosphere




Subject Categories

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