Physical Principles of Remote Sensing / Edition 3

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Overview

Providing the basis for an introductory course in remote sensing for physical and environmental scientists, this study explains remote sensing of the earth's surface from air and from space using electromagnetic radiation.
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“This is a welcome new edition of a popular text, with wonderful color illustrations. The author has managed to help students digest the principles by adding useful summaries and review questions. A practical improvement for students and instructors is the addition of the rich suite of online resources, which greatly add to the book's appeal.” - Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Director, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University

“Rees’ new edition of his popular remote sensing textbook is written in an easy-to-follow style, but doesn't neglect the mathematical underpinnings. It covers principles related to all the key wavelength regions, and such diverse topics as photogrammetry, atmospheric sounding and multispectral imaging. Including coverage of applications on land, in the atmosphere and oceans, it represents an excellent resource for students and practitioners alike.” - Professor Martin Wooster, Environmental Monitoring & Modelling Research Group, Kings College London

“The third edition of this well known, highly respected and authoritative textbook contains a wealth of new material that captures advances in optical and microwave sensor systems and applications. University teachers will be delighted that the format remains the same; theory and technical detail are explained in clear language and supported by excellent diagrams and figures. The book incorporates good pedagogic principles that incorporate summaries for each topic, additional text boxes to help guide students not familiar with certain theoretical concepts, and review questions with problems to assist teachers to set extension exercises. The book uses excellent examples, many of which are new in this edition, that clearly demonstrate why remote sensing data from a very wide range of sensors and platforms has such an impact on science and society today. Every student of remote sensing, whatever their level, and every library should have a copy of this excellent book.” - Professor Daniel Donoghue, Department of Geography, Durham University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521181167
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,314,849
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

W. G. Rees is a senior lecturer at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, where he has taught and researched in the field of remote sensing for over twenty years. He has been active in developing and applying remote sensing methods to the mapping and monitoring of the polar regions, having conducted fieldwork in arctic regions of Europe and Asia and in Svalbard. For the past few years he has been joint coordinator of PPS Arctic, a major programme to investigate the characteristics and behaviour of the arctic treeline as part of the International Polar Year, and he is also a member of the ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) working group on LiDAR. Dr Rees has published several books on remote sensing, including the first and second editions of Physical Principles of Remote Sensing (1990, 2001, Cambridge University Press), The Remote Sensing Data Book (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Remote Sensing of Glaciers (with P. Pellikka, Taylor and Francis, 2010). He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 1996 and is a member of the Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Society.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Electromagnetic waves in free space 9
3 Interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter 34
4 Interaction of electromagnetic radiation with the Earth's atmosphere 87
5 Photographic systems 109
6 Electro-optical systems 134
7 Passive microwave systems 175
8 Ranging systems 192
9 Scattering systems 213
10 Platforms for remote sensing 246
11 Data processing 270
App. 1 The Global Positioning System 310
App. 2: Data tables 313
References 317
Hints and solutions to numerical problems 321
Index 335
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