Highlighting new technologies, Remote Sensing of Natural Resources explores advanced remote sensing systems and algorithms for image processing, enhancement, feature extraction, data fusion, image classification, image-based modeling, image-based sampling design, map accuracy assessment and quality control. It also discusses their applications for evaluation of natural resources, including sampling design, land use and land cover classification, natural landscape and ecosystem assessment, forestry, agriculture, biomass and carbon-cycle modeling, wetland classification and dynamics monitoring, and soils and minerals mapping.
The book combines review articles with case studies that demonstrate recent advances and developments of methods, techniques, and applications of remote sensing, with each chapter on a specific area of natural resources. Through a comprehensive examination of the wide range of applications of remote sensing technologies to natural resources, the book provides insight into advanced remote sensing systems, technologies, and algorithms for researchers, scientists, engineers, and decision makers.
Table of Contents
Remote Sensing Systems, Data, and Applications. RS Applications for Sampling Design of Natural Resources. Advanced Algorithms for Accuracy and Quality Assessment of RS Products. RS Applications for Land Use and Land Cover Classification. RS Applications for Natural Landscape and Ecosystems. RS Applications for Forestry. RS Applications for Agriculture. RS Applications for Biomass and Carbon Cycle Modeling. RS Applications for Wetland Classifications and Dynamics Monitoring. RS Applications for Soils and Minerals Mapping.
Guangxing Wang, PhD, is an associate professor of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) in the Department of Geography and Environment Resources at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC), Illinois.
Qihao Weng, PhD is the director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Change and a Professor of geography at Indiana State University.
"… a useful read for all identified audiences. The mixed levels of the content matter make it more appealing for readers to invest in specific sections of the book that match with their interest."
—Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, J u l y 2015
"… a comprehensive view on and real world examples of remote sensing technologies in natural resources assessment and monitoring. … state-of-the-art knowledge in this multidisciplinary field. Readers can expect to finish the book armed with the required knowledge to understand the immense literature available and apply their knowledge to the understanding of sampling design, the analysis of multi-source imagery, and the application of the techniques to specific problems relevant to natural resources."
—Yuhong He, University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
"The list of topics covered is so complete that I would recommend the book to anyone teaching a graduate course on vegetation analysis through digital image analysis. … I recommend this book then for anyone doing advanced digital image analysis and environmental GIS courses who want to cover topics related to applied remote sensing work involving vegetation analysis."
—Charles Roberts, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA, in Economic Botany