Remote Sensing Imagery for Natural Resource Monitoring: A Guide for First-Time Users / Edition 1

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A practical introduction to the use of remote sensing data, this book focuses on the benefits, limitations, and pitfalls involved in the use of this important new tool, employing case studies to clearly demonstrate both principles and practice. This indispensable guidebook includes almost one hundred maps, satellite and aerial photographs, and computer graphics to illustrate the products of remote sensing, as well as a comprehensive glossary of terms and a bibliography with suggestions for further reading.
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The authors identify themselves as applied biologists who made a number of mistakes when they themselves started using remotely sensed imagery and found, in talking with other biologists/environmentalists who were also exploring digital imagery, that their errors were common to a number of individuals. This book is an attempt to prevent others from making the same errors, and to define both the limits and capabilities of remote sensing . . . [E]xtremely well done.
This practical introduction to the benefits, limitations, and pitfalls involved in the use of remote sensing data includes ample case studies, some 100 maps, satellite and aerial photographs, and computer graphics to illustrate the products of remote sensing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

David S. Wilke is on the faculty U.N.E.P. Program at Tufts University's Center for Environmental Management.

John T. Finn is professor of systems ecology in the wildlife and fisheries program of the department of forestry and wildlife management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

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List of Tables
1 Purpose and Scope 1
2 What Is Remote Sensing and What Can It Reveal? 10
3 Remote Sensing for Monitoring and Managing Natural Resources 29
4 Commonly Used Types of Remote Sensing Data 61
5 Getting Started 88
6 Image Enhancement 128
7 Feature Identification and Classification 161
8 Applications of Remote Sensing Imagery 221
Appendix: Online Searches for and Viewing of Remote Sensing Imagery 256
Glossary 259
References and Further Reading 274
Index 281
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