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When discussing the advancement of space science and space technology, most people instinctively think about deep space flights, lunar stations, and thrilling outer space adventures. The fact is that the majority of the human technology in space, which consists of interconnected satellites, points towards Earth, and is used to provide services for and fulfil the goals of people on planet Earth.
Over the next decade, there will be an increased need for innovative Earth information systems to support the international space community's efforts to provide a robust infrastructure. This book describes some of the most important applications being developed, along with the space infrastructure upgrades being implemented to support them.
It also provides a comprehensive review of how space technology can be used to resolve fundamental environmental, technological, and humanitarian challenges that we are experiencing on our planet. Finally, the book demonstrates to the IT and business communities how space technology can be incorporated into terrestrial IT applications to facilitate decision-making.
Section1: Improving Global resource management and protection of terrestrial, coastal and marine resources. Chapter 1 Soil Moisture And Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth’s Water Monitoring Mission. Chapter 2 India’s Earth Observation Pyramid for Holistic Development. Chapter 3 Shifting Paradigms in Water Management. Chapter 4 Operational Oceanography and The Sentinel-3 System. Chapter 5 Use Of Advanced Space Technology for Oil Spill Detection Section 2: Innovative Tele- heath applications and communication Systems. Chapter 6 From Orbit To Or: Space Solutions For Terrestrial Challenges In Medicine. Chapter 7 Bridging Health Divide Between Rural & Urban Areas - Satellite Based Telemedicine Networks In India. Chapter 8 Temos – Telemedical Support For Travellers And Expatriates. Chapter 9 Convergence of Internet and Space Technology. Chapter 10 Using Inflatable Antennas for Portable Satellite-Based Personal Communications Systems. Section 3: Disaster Monitoring, Mitigation and Damage Assessment. Chapter 11 Spaceborne Tsunami Warning System. Chapter 12 GEONETCast Americas – A GEOSS Environmental Data Dissemination System Using Commercial Satellites. Chapter 13 Remote Sensing Satellites For Fire Fighting Applications. Chapter 14 Remote Sensing And Gis Techniques For Natural Disaster Monitoring. Chapter 15 Earth Observation Products for Drought Risk Reduction. Section 4: Space Technologies For The Benefit Of Society. Chapter 16 Caring for the Planet: Using space technology to sustain a livable biosphere. Chapter 17 Humanitarian Aids Using Satellite Technology. Chapter 18 National Development through Space: India as a Model. Chapter 19 Space Based Societal Applications. Chapter 20 Space for Energy: The Role of Space-based Capabilities for Managing Energy Resources on Earth. Chapter 21 Sharing Brains : Knowledge Management Project for ESA Space Operations.