Civil, Commercial, and International Remote Sensing Systems and Geoprocessing

David L. Glackin and Gerard R. Peltzer
ISBN 1-884989-07-1
89 p. illus.

(out of print)

The field of space-based remote sensing is evolving away from the complex and expensive government systems of a few nations toward commercialization, international proliferation, smaller satellites, lower cost, and an emphasis on end user products. This book provides an overview of the field of satellite environmental remote sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land surface from 1980 to 2007. It summarizes the evolution of the field, current status, and projections for the ensuing decade. Its many charts survey this evolution in a form never before available, and the comprehensive tabular appendix summarizes programs and instrument complements from Argentina through Ukraine.

Also discussed is the evolution of and prospects for geoprocessing, including geographic information systems (GIS). Approximately 30 separate market segments are identified. This book is a unique resource guide to a field standing on the cusp of tremendous change.

David Glackin is a remote sensing scientist, with more than 20 years of experience in Earth and planetary remote sensing, geophysics, and solar physics. Glackin lectures internationally and organizes and chairs international conference sessions on future remote sensing satellite programs and the economic benefits of remote sensing. He has more than 60 publications.

Gerard Peltzer has more than 8 years of experience in multispectral remote sensing applications. His current work emphasizes commercial remote sensing satellite systems and the integration of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) technologies.

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