A volume in the three-volume Remote Sensing Handbook series, Remote Sensing of Water Resources, Disasters, and Urban Studies documents the scientific and methodological advances that have taken place during the last 50 years. The other two volumes in the series are Remotely Sensed Data Characterization, Classification, and Accuracies, and Land Resources Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping with Remote Sensing.
In true handbook style, this volume demonstrates in-depth, extensive and comprehensive coverage of Remote Sensing of Water Resources, Disasters, and Urban Studies. The book provides fundamental as well as practical knowledge of remote sensing of myriad topics pertaining to water resources, disasters, and urban areas such as hydrology, water resources, water use, water productivity, floods, wetlands, snow and ice, nightlights, geomorphology, droughts and drylands, disasters, volcanoes, fire, and smart cities.
- Hydrological studies, groundwater studies, flood studies, and crop water use and water productivity studies
- Wetland modeling, mapping, and characterization
- Snow and ice studies
- Drought and dryland monitoring and mapping methods
- Volcanoes, coal fires, and greenhouse gas emissions
- Urban remote sensing for disaster risk management
- Remote sensing for the design of smart cities
Considered magnum opus on the subject the three-volume Remote Sensing Handbook is edited by Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail, an internationally acclaimed scientist in remote sensing, GIScience, and spatial sciences. The volume has contributions from pioneering remote sensing global experts on specific topics. The volume gives you a knowledge base on each of the above mentioned topics, a deep understanding the evolution remote sensing science, and familiarity with state-of-the-art of technology as well as a future vision for the field.
Table of Contents
Remotely Sensed Data Characterization, Classification, and Accuracies One of the three Volumes in Remote Sensing Handbook
SATELLITES AND SENSORS FROM DIFFERENT ERAS AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS
Remote Sensing Systems—Platforms and Sensors: Aerial, Satellite, UAV, Optical, Radar, and LiDAR
Sudhanshu S. Panda, Mahesh N. Rao, Prasad S. Thenkabail, and James E. Fitzerald
FUNDAMENTALS OF REMOTE SENSING: EVOLUTION, STATE OF THE ART, AND FUTURE POSSIBILITIES
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing for Terrestrial Applications: Evolution, Current State of the Art, and Future Possibilities
Natascha Oppelt, Rolf Scheiber, Peter Gege, Martin Wegmann, Hannes Taubenboeck, and Michael Berger
DATA NORMALIZATION, HARMONIZATION, AND INTERSENSOR CALIBRATION
Overview of Satellite Image Radiometry in the Solar-Reflective Optical Domain
Philippe M. Teillet
Postlaunch Radiometric Calibration of Satellite-Based Optical Sensors with Emphasis on Terrestrial Reference Standard Sites
Philippe M. Teillet and Gyanesh Chander
Remote Sensing Data Normalization
Rudiger Gens and Jordi Cristóbal Rosselló
Satellite Data Degradations and Their Impacts on High-Level Products
VEGETATION INDEX STANDARDIZATION AND CROSS-CALIBRATION OF DATA FROM MULTIPLE SENSORS
Inter- and Intrasensor Spectral Compatibility and Calibration of the Enhanced Vegetation Indices
Tomoaki Miura, Kenta Obata, Javzandulam T. Azuma, Alfredo Huete, and Hiroki Yoshioka
Toward Standardization of Vegetation Indices
Michael D. Steven, Timothy J. Malthus, and Frédéric Baret
IMAGE PROCESSING METHODS AND APPROACHES
Digital Image Proceßing: A Review of the Fundamental Methods and Techniques
Sunil Narumalani and Paul Merani
Urban Image Classification: Per-Pixel Claßifiers, Subpixel Analysis, Object-Based Image Analysis, and Geospatial Methods
Soe W. Myint, Victor Mesev, Dale A. Quattrochi, and Elizabeth A. Wentz
Image Classification Methods in Land Cover and Land Use
Hyperspectral Image Processing: Methods and Approaches
Jun Li and Antonio Plaza
Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing: Principles and Theoretical Background
Claudia Kuenzer, Jianzhong Zhang, and Stefan Dech
Object-Based Image Analysis: Evolution, History, State of the Art, and Future Vision
Thomas Blaschke, Maggi Kelly, and Helena Merschdorf
Geospatial Data Integration in OBIA: Implications of Accuracy and Validity
Stefan Lang and Dirk Tiede
Image Segmentation Algorithms for Land Categorization
James C. Tilton, Selim Aksoy, and Yuliya Tarabalka
LiDAR Data Processing and Applications
Shih-Hong Chio, Tzu-Yi Chuang, Pai-Hui Hsu, Jen-Jer Jaw, Shih-Yuan Lin, Yu-Ching Lin, Tee-Ann Teo, Fuan Tsai, Yi-Hsing Tseng, Cheng-Kai Wang, Chi-Kuei Wang, Miao Wang, and Ming-Der Yang
Change Detection Techniques Using Multisensor Data
Daniela Anjos, Dengsheng Lu, Luciano Dutra, and Sidnei Sant’Anna
INTEGRATING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) AND REMOTE SENSING IN SPATIAL MODELING FRAMEWORK FOR DECISION SUPPORT
Geoproceßing, Workflows, and Provenance
Jason A. Tullis, Jackson D. Cothren, David P. Lanter, Xuan Shi, W. Fredrick Limp, Rachel F. Linck, Sean G. Young, and Tareefa S. Alsumaiti
Toward Democratization of Geographic Information: GIS, Remote Sensing, and GNß Applications in Everyday Life
Gaurav Sinha, Barry J. Kronenfeld, and Jeffrey C. Brunskill
Frontiers of GIScience: Evolution, State of the Art, and Future Pathways
Object-Based Regionalization for Policy-Oriented Partitioning of Space
Stefan Lang, Stefan Kienberger, Michael Hagenlocher, and Lena Pernkopf
GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS (GNSS;) REMOTE SENSING
Global Navigation Satellite Systems Theory and Practice: Evolution, State of the Art, and Future Pathways
Mohinder S. Grewal
Global Navigation Satellite System Reflectometry for Ocean and Land Applications
Kegen Yu, Chris Rizos, and Andrew Dempster
Global Navigation Satellite Systems for Wide Array of Terrestrial Applications
Myszor, O. Antemijczuk, M. Grygierek, M. Wierzchanowski, and K.A. Cyran
CROWDSOURCING AND REMOTE SENSING DATA
Crowdsourcing and Remote Sensing: Combining Two Views of Planet Earth
CLOUD COMPUTING AND REMOTE SENSING
Proceßing Remote-Sensing Data in Cloud Computing Environments
Ramanathan Sugumaran, James W. Hegeman, Vivek B. Sardeshmukh, and Marc P. Armstrong
GOOGLE EARTH FOR REMOTE SENSING
Google Earth for Remote Sensing
John E. Bailey
ACCURACIES, ERRORS, AND UNCERTAINTIES OF REMOTE SENSING-DERIVED PRODUCTS
Assessing Positional and Thematic Accuracies of Maps Generated from Remotely Sensed Data
Russell G. Congalton
SPACE LAW AND REMOTE SENSING
Remote Sensing Law: An Overview of Its Development and Its Trajectory in the Global Context
Remote Sensing Data Characterization, Classification, and Accuracies: Advances of the Last 50 Years and a Vision for the Future
Prasad S. Thenkabail
Land Resources Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping with Remote Sensing One of the three Volumes in Remote Sensing Handbook
VEGETATION AND BIOMASS
Monitoring Photosynthesis from Space
Alfredo Huete, Guillermo Ponce-Campos, Yongguang Zhang, Natalia Restrepo-Coupe, Xuanlong Ma, and Mary Susan Moran
Canopy Biophysical Variables Retrieval from the Inversion of Reflectance Models
Aboveground Terrestrial Biomass and Carbon Stock Estimations from Multisensor Remote Sensing
Clement Atzberger, Francesco Vuolo, Anja Klisch, Felix Rembold, Michele Meroni, Marcio Pupin Mello, and Antonio Formaggio
Agricultural Systems Studies Using Remote Sensing
Agnès Bégué, Damien Arvor, Camille Lelong, Elodie Vintrou, and Margareth Simoes
Global Food Security Support Analysis Data at Nominal 1 km (GFSAD1km) Derived from Remote Sensing in Support of Food Security in the Twenty-First Century: Current Achievements and Future Possibilities
Pardhasaradhi Teluguntla, Prasad S. Thenkabail, Jun Xiong, Murali Krishna Gumma, Chandra Giri, Cristina Milesi, Mutlu Ozdogan, Russell G. Congalton, James Tilton, Temuulen Tsagaan Sankey, Richard Massey, Aparna Phalke, and Kamini Yadav
David J. Mulla and Yuxin Miao
Remote Sensing of Tillage Status
Baojuan Zheng, James B. Campbell, Guy Serbin, Craig S.T. Daughtry, Heather McNairn, and Anna Pacheco
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing for Terrestrial Applications
Prasad S. Thenkabail, Pardhasaradhi Teluguntla, Murali Krishna Gumma, and Venkateswarlu Dheeravath
Global View of Remote Sensing of Rangelands: Evolution, Applications, Future Pathways
Matthew C. Reeves, Robert A. Washington-Allen, Jay Angerer, E. Raymond Hunt, Jr., Ranjani Wasantha Kulawardhana, Lalit Kumar, Tatiana Loboda, Thomas Loveland, Graciela Metternicht, and R. Douglas Ramsey
Remote Sensing of Rangeland Biodiversity
E. Raymond Hunt, Jr., Cuizhen Wang, D. Terrance Booth, Samuel E. Cox, Lalit Kumar, and Matthew C. Reeves
Characterization, Mapping, and Monitoring of Rangelands: Methods and Approaches
Lalit Kumar, Priyakant Sinha, Jesslyn F. Brown, R. Douglas Ramsey, Matthew Rigge, Carson A. Stam, Alexander J. Hernandez, E. Raymond Hunt, Jr., and Matthew C. Reeves
PHENOLOGY AND FOOD SECURITY
Global Land Surface Phenology and Implications for Food Security
Molly E Brown, Kirsten M. de Beurs, and Kathryn Grace
Characterizing Tropical Forests with Multispectral Imagery
E.H. Helmer, Nicholas R. Goodwin, Valéry Gond, Carlos M. Souza, Jr., and Gregory P. Asner
Remote Sensing of Forests from Lidar and Radar
Juha Hyyppä, Mika Karjalainen, Xinlian Liang, Anttoni Jaakkola, Xiaowei Yu, Mike Wulder, Markus Hollaus, Joanne C. White, Mikko Vastaranta, Kirsi Karila, Harri Kaartinen, Matti Vaaja, Ville Kankare, Antero Kukko, Markus Holopainen, Hannu Hyyppä, and Masato Katoh
Forest Biophysical and Biochemical Properties from Hyperspectral and LiDAR Remote Sensing
Gregory P. Asner, Susan L. Ustin, Philip A. Townsend, Roberta E. Martin, and K. Dana Chadwick
Optical Remote Sensing of Tree and Stand Heights
Sylvie Durrieu, Cédric Véga, Marc Bouvier, Frédéric Gosselin, Jean-Pierre Renaud and Laurent Saint-André
Biodiversity of the World: A Study from Space
Thomas W. Gillespie, Andrew Fricker, Chelsea Robinson, and Duccio Rocchini
Multiscale Habitat Mapping and Monitoring Using Satellite Data and Advanced Image Analysis Techniques
Stefan Lang, Christina Corbane, Palma Blonda, Kyle Pipkins, and Michael Förster
Ecological Characterization of Vegetation Using Multisensor Remote Sensing in the Solar Reflective Spectrum
Conghe Song, Jing Ming Chen, Taehee Hwang, Alemu Gonsamo, Holly Croft, Quanfa Zhang, Matthew Dannenberg, Yulong Zhang, Christopher Hakkenberg, and Juxiang Li
LAND USE/LAND COVER
Land Cover Change Detection
John Rogan and Nathan Mietkiewicz
Land Use and Land Cover Mapping and Change Detection and Monitoring Using Radar Remote Sensing
Zhixin Qi, Anthony Gar-On Yeh, and Xia Li
Global Carbon Budgets and the Role of Remote Sensing
Richard A. Houghton
Spectral Sensing from Ground to Space in Soil Science: State of the Art, Applications, Potential, and Perspectives
José A. M. Demattê, Cristine L. S. Morgan, Sabine Chabrillat, Rodnei Rizzo, Marston H. D. Franceschini, Fabrício da S. Terra, Gustavo M. Vasques, and Johanna Wetterlind
Remote Sensing of Soil in the Optical Domains
E. Ben-Dor and José A.M. Demattê
Remote Sensing of Land Resources: Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping Advances over the Last 50 Years and a Vision for the Future
Prasad S. Thenkabail
Remote Sensing of Water Resources, Disasters, and Urban Studies One of the three Volumes in Remote Sensing Handbook
HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES
Remote Sensing Technologies for Multiscale Hydrological Studies: Advances and Perspectives
Sadiq I. Khan, Ni-Bin Chang, Yang Hong, Xianwu Xue, and Yu Zhang
Groundwater Targeting Using Remote Sensing
Santhosh Kumar Seelan
WATER USE AND WATER PRODUCTIVITY
Remote Sensing of Actual Evapotranspiration from Croplands
Trent W. Biggs, George P. Petropoulos, Naga Manohar Velpuri, Michael Marshall, Edward P. Glenn, Pamela Nagler, and Alex Meßina
Water Productivity Studies from Earth Observation Data: Characterization, Modeling, and Mapping Water Use and Water Productivity
Antônio de C. Teixeira, Fernando B. T. Hernandez, Morris Scherer-Warren, Ricardo G. Andrade, Janice F. Leivas, Daniel C. Victoria, Edson L. Bolfe, Prasad S. Thenkabail, and Renato A.M. Franco
Flood Monitoring Using the Integration of Remote Sensing and Complementary Techniques
Allan S. Arnesen, Frederico T. Genofre, Marcelo P. Curtarelli, and Matheus Z. Francisco
Flood Studies Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Data
Sandro Martinis, Claudia Kuenzer, and André Twele
Remote Sensing of Mangrove Wetlands
Wetland Mapping Methods and Techniques Using Multisensor, Multiresolution Remote Sensing: Successes and Challenges
R. Mishra, Shuvankar Ghosh, C. Hladik, Jessica L. O’Connell, and H.J. Cho
Inland Valley Wetland Cultivation and Preservation for Africa’s Green and Blue Revolution Using Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing
Murali Krishna Gumma, Prasad S. Thenkabail, Irshad A. Mohammed, Pardhasaradhi Teluguntla, and Venkateswarlu Dheeravath
SNOW AND ICE
Remote Sensing Mapping and Modeling of Snow Cover Parameters and Applications
Hongjie Xie, Tiangang Liang, Xianwei Wang, and Guoqing Zhang
Nighttime Light Remote Sensing: Monitoring Human Societies from Outer Space
Qingling Zhang, Noam Levin, Christos Chalkias, and Husi Letu
Geomorphological Studies from Remote Sensing
James B. Campbell and Lynn M. Resler
Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail is a well known global expert in remote sensing and spatial sciences. Currently, works as a Research Geographer-15 with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Dr. Thenkabail has conducted pioneering scientific research work in two major areas: Hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation; Global Irrigated and Rainfed Cropland Mapping. His research papers have won three American Society of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) awards: (a) 2015 ERDAS award for best scientific paper (second author), (a) 2008 ASPRS President’s award (first author), (b) 1994 Autometric Award (first author). He is the Editor-in- Chief of seminal books (Publisher: Taylor and Francis Inc.): (a) three volume (including this), 82 Chapter, Remote Sensing Handbook (November 2015), (b) Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation (2012), and (c) Remote Sensing of Global Croplands for Food Security (2009). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Remote Sensing Open Access Journal and is on the editorial board of Remote Sensing of Environment, and ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Prasad has work experience in 25+ Countries including working in key remote sensing research\leadership positions @ the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Yale Center for Earth Observation (YCEO), and the Indian National Remote Sensing Agency. He was selected by NASA and USGS as a member of Landsat Science Team Member (2007-20011), and was a scientific advisory board member of Rapideye (2001).
John G. Lyon has conducted scientific and engineering research and administrative functions throughout his career. He is formerly the senior physical scientist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of the Science Advisor in Washington, DC, where he co-led work on the Group on Earth Observations and the USGEO subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and research on geospatial issues. Lyon was director of ORD’s Environmental Sciences Division for approximately eight years. He was educated at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Here Is What Top Global Remote Sensing Experts Say about the Remote Sensing Handbook, Three-Volume Set
1. Remotely Sensed Data Characterization, Classification, and Accuracies
2. Land Resources Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping with Remote Sensing
3. Remote Sensing of Water Resources, Disasters, and Urban Studies
"I have had the pleasure and honor to be involved in the field of remote sensing for nearly 50 years. To say that much has changed and been accomplished in this field over this time period is a severe understatement. It would require literally hundreds of experts on a global basis to characterize the history, scope, utility, dynamism, and future outlook for remote sensing. It is this exact feat that is accomplished through the contributions of over 300 highly respected, international researchers and practitioners in the production of Remote Sensing Handbook (three volumes). This comprehensive treatise sets a new standard for spanning and integrating discussion of remote sensing principles, data, methods, development, applications, and scientific and social context. It will be an invaluable multidisciplinary reference for many years to come."
– Dr. Thomas M. Lillesand, Emeritus Professor of Remote Sensing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and chief author of the most widely read Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
"It is a great pleasure to be asked to endorse this comprehensive new book. It is a truly ambitious task to bring together so much information about remote sensing and the range of the material covered is impressive. It puts one in mind of the Manual of Remote Sensing, first edition 1975, second edition 1983. While much of the basic information in that earlier book is still valid, things have moved on and there was clearly scope for a new approach. In those early days, the systems flown in space were the early Landsat satellites and the polar orbiting and geostationary meteorological satellites. There are now multitudinous instruments and satellite systems flown in space; there have been many new algorithms developed for the processing of the remotely sensed data; and there are many new applications of remotely sensed data. It was time for a new comprehensive overview of the whole subject and Dr. Thenkabail has achieved an excellent project which I hope will be very useful to established researchers and to new postgraduate students in the field of remote sensing."
– Professor Arthur Cracknell, co-Editor–in-Chief of the International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS), and Emeritus Professor, University of Dundee, Scotland UK
"At a time when satellite remote sensing technologies and methods are advancing so rapidly, it is good to see an up-to-date handbook covering a broad range of remote sensing topics from different international authors, with different perspectives. The handbook will be useful for students as well as practitioners using remote sensing data. I congratulate the editor for compiling this three-volume handbook, which was clearly a major undertaking."
– Dr. Christopher Justice, Professor and Departmental Chairperson, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland College Park, USA; Program Scientist, NASA Land-cover\Land-use Change Program; 2014 individual Pecora Award winner
"Written by leading and well accomplished remote sensing scientists of the world and competently edited by Prasad S. Thenkabail, this edition of the Remote Sensing Handbook (Vol. I, II, and III) is a compendium of information for many research areas of our Planet that have contributed to our substantial progress since the 1970s. The remote sensing community is now using multiple sources of satellite and in situ data to advance our studies… The chapters in the Remote Sensing Handbook provide many other specific studies on land, water, and other applications using Earth observation data of the last five decades…. Remote sensing is now important to a large number of scientific disciplines beyond our community and I recommend the Remote Sensing Handbook to not only remote sensers but to the entire scientific community."
– Taken from the foreword by Dr. Compton J. Tucker, Senior Earth Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Science and Exploration Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
"This three-volume Remote Sensing Handbook is a tour de force. Dr. Thenkabail has assembled a world-class group of scientists to write on a range of topics from the fundamental science of remote sensing to practical applications for urban and disaster risk management. This will be an indispensable volume for both scientists and practitioners alike, whether you are looking to expand your knowledge to new domains, or deepen your understanding of a particular topic. There are few books on the market that combine the breadth and depth of remote sensing science across many of the most pressing environmental issues today."
– Karen C. Seto, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Geography and Urbanization, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
"Dr. Thenkabail is a well-known expert of remote sensing and an experienced editor. This three-volume handbook is one of a kind, covering the areas ranging from remote sensors, systems, algorithms to environmental applications. Many chapters focus on emerging topics in the field, and are written by top experts in the world. This set of books will be very valuable for researchers, students, and practitioners who are interested in learning the rapidly evolving nature and the state of the art in the field of remote sensing."
– Dr. Qihao Weng, Editor-in-Chief, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing; Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Change; Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Systems, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN , USA
"The Remote Sensing Handbook (Three-Volume Set) belongs in every university library and on the shelf of every scientist or manager who uses remote sensing as part of his or her toolkit. The breadth, depth, and quality of this compendium is remarkable, and will serve as an effective springboard for even greater advances in the field in the decades to come."
– Dr. Randolph Wynne, Professor of Forestry. Remote Sensing, The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, USA
"The comprehensive three-volume, 82-chapter, Remote Sensing Handbook provides excellent coverage of the research and application of remote sensing to our natural and built ecosystems. It examines how remote sensing, related established technologies (e.g., GIS and GPS), and currently rapidly-developing technologies (e.g., crowd-sourcing and Google-Earth) can, and will, be used to better understand the processes that underpin our ecosystems. Dr. Prasad Thenkabail has assembled over 300 authors who summarise the wealth of information in a manner that provides the reader with request knowledge, while also providing insight and food-for-thought for future remote sensing researchers and users."
– Dr. Tim R. McVicar, Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia
"Remote sensing is an important source of information for monitoring changes and providing evidences for policy formulation in the field of agriculture and food security, forest monitoring, biodiversity loss, water resources management, impact of climate change, depletion of ozone layer, growing human settlements, and disaster reduction.. In coming years, the remote sensing technologies will play increasingly significant roles in monitoring sustainable development goals. Remote Sensing Handbook, edited by Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail, a leading scientist in the field, is a monumental piece of work. Three volumes cover almost every aspect of remote sensing technologies and applications, and undoubtedly [this] is the most comprehensive and up–to-date publication in this field in recent years. This is a must-have book in every library and for remote sensing practitioners."
– Dr. Ashbindu Singh, Ph.D., President of Environmental Pulse Institute and formerly Director of the Early Warning and Emerging Environmental Issues, United Nations Environment Programme
"The Remote Sensing Handbook provides an invaluable service to anyone working on the theory and applications of remote sensing. It comprehensively covers the basics of remote sensing, methods for interpreting data, and a large range of applications from disaster management to urban planning. These volumes are a one-stop-shop for those applying remote sensing data to land and water resources."
– Dr. Ruth S. DeFries, Denning Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor and MacArthur Fellow, 2007 Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, USA
"The three volumes that make up the Remote Sensing Handbook represent a magnificent achievement in documenting the current status and future directions in remote sensing. The Handbook draws on the expertise of a diverse array of leading international authorities in remote sensing and provides a superb resource for those wishing to learn more about the subject."
– Prof. Giles Foody, Professor of Geographical Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK. Also, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS)
"This Remote Sensing Handbook is the most comprehensive handbook in remote sensing I have ever read. It includes three volumes with eighty-six chapters contributed by more than three hundred international experts. It highlights scientific, methodological, and applicational achievements over the last five decades, and provides guidance for future developments. I believe each researcher and practitioner in remote sensing will find some chapters interesting and instructive."
– Dr. Qian Du, Professor and Bobby Shackhouls Endowed Professorship, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Mississippi State University, USA; Editorial Board Member of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing" (JSTARS), a monthly publication sponsored by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
"The Three-Volume Set of Remote Sensing Handbook provides readers a thorough understanding of the basic physics and fundamental principles underlying the use of remote sensing data and techniques for a wide array of terrestrial applications. The three volumes consist of contributions from many renowned authors who are experts in their fields. This results in interesting views on the evolution of remote sensing science, state-of-the-art technology, and a future vision for the field. Any given chapter stands alone as a handy reference point from which to gain a thorough understanding of a specific topic. The editor, who is a leading authority on remote sensing science, has done a marvelous job in synthesizing the review articles into a comprehensive overview of a wide array of remote sensing science. I strongly recommend this Handbook to anybody who deals with the subject."
– Dr. Atul K. Jain, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
"This is a timely publication of such an important collection of remote sensing applications in various fields. In particular, one can find excellent examples in this book where authors demonstrated how remotely sensed data can be utilized to address important issues in global change research where terrestrial vegetation dynamics, land resources, and water and carbon cycles are critical elements of the earth system. The information content is rich, technical and very appropriate for understanding important processes of global change."
–Dr. Jiaguo Qi, Director and Professor, Center for Global Change & Earth Observations, Michigan State University, USA
"This three-volume book set is a landmark in remote sensing science and technology. It is very well organized with highly descriptive titles, and provides a unique resource on all aspects of remote sensing for both the expert and non-expert. The handbook is a timely snapshot of the wide range of applications in the field, including various types of sensors, data processing, and models. This book will be essential for students, teachers, and experienced users as an updated, extensive review of remote sensing theories and applications."
– Dr. Guo Huadong, Professor and Director General of Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences; Past President of Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) International Council for Science (ICSU); and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Digital Earth
"An expanded update of the classic reference work for remote sensing. Comprehensive, with revised treatments of fundamentals, as well as introductions to a number of cutting-edge topics. A tour de force."
– Dr. Christopher Small, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA
"This latest handbook provides an end-to-end update on remote sensing, the latest theory, newest sensors, processing and calibration details, major new datasets, new science discoveries, and finally new applications. These books are a very fast way to survey the full gamut of remote sensing today."
– Dr. Steven Running, Regents Professor/Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG), College of Forestry & Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, USA
"…essential for researchers at all levels interested in using remote sensing to obtain information about the patterns and processes of earth’s land, water, ice, forests and settlements."
—P.K. Joshi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
"I recommend Remote Sensing Handbook to anyone who wants to learn and practice remote sensing and is ready to begin research for scientific explanations about what people observe is happening all around them from the local level to the global level."
—J.R. Sharma, Indian Space Research Organization
"…an immensely valuable source for the entire remote sensing and GIS community ranging from academia and researchers, including beginners as well as graduate scholars, to practitioners, decision makers, and policy makers at the other end."
—Nilanchal Patel, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India