2nd Edition

Introduction to Remote Sensing

By Arthur P. Cracknell Copyright 2007
    364 Pages 14 Color & 111 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    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


    Arthur P. Cracknell