People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science

People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science

by Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309064082

ISBN-13: 9780309064088

Pub. Date: 05/28/1998

Publisher: National Academies Press

Space-based sensors are giving us an ever-closer and more comprehensive look at the earth's surface; they also have the potential to tell us about human activity. This volume examines the possibilities for using remote sensing technology to improve understanding of social processes and human-environment interactions. Examples include deforestation and regrowth in

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Overview

Space-based sensors are giving us an ever-closer and more comprehensive look at the earth's surface; they also have the potential to tell us about human activity. This volume examines the possibilities for using remote sensing technology to improve understanding of social processes and human-environment interactions. Examples include deforestation and regrowth in Brazil, population-environment interactions in Thailand, ancient and modern rural development in Guatemala, and urbanization in the United States, as well as early warnings of famine and disease outbreaks. The book also provides information on current sources of remotely sensed data and metadata and discusses what is involved in establishing effective collaborative efforts between scientists working with remote sensing technology and those working on social and environmental issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309064088
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science: The Need and the Challenges1
2A Brief History of Remote Sensing Applications, with Emphasis on Landsat28
3"Socializing the Pixel" and "Pixelizing the Social" in Land-Use and Land-Cover Change51
4Linking Satellite, Census, and Survey Data to Study Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon70
5Land-Use Change After Deforestation in Amazonia94
6Land-Use/Land-Cover and Population Dynamics, Nang Rong, Thailand121
7Validating Prehistoric and Current Social Phenomena upon the Landscape of the Peten, Guatemala145
8Extraction and Modeling of Urban Attributes Using Remote Sensing Technology164
9Social Science and Remote Sensing in Famine Early Warning189
10Health Applications of Remote Sensing and Climate Modeling197
App. AAn Annotated Guide to Earth Remote Sensing Data and Information Resources for Social Science Applications209
App.B: Glossary229
Biographical Sketches of Contributors and Editors237

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