Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change

Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change


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"Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change: The Science of ASTER and MODIS" is an edited compendium of contributions dealing with ASTER and MODIS satellite sensors aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua platforms launched as part of the Earth Observing System fleet in 1999 and 2002 respectively. This volume is divided into six sections. The first three sections provide insights into the history, philosophy, and evolution of the EOS, ASTER and MODIS instrument designs and calibration mechanisms, and the data systems components used to manage and provide the science data and derived products. The latter three sections exclusively deal with ASTER and MODIS data products and their applications, and the future of these two classes of remotely sensed observations.

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  • Hardback | 873 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 45.72mm | 1,655.6g
  • Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Edition.
  • 325 colour illustrations, 105 colour tables, biography
  • 1441967486
  • 9781441967480
  • 1,310,273

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Author Information

Bhaskar Ramachandran is a senior scientist who supports the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) science mission at the Earth Resources and Observation Science (EROS) Center at the U.S. Geological Survey in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He currently supports the MODIS science mission, and has performed similar roles for the Landsat-7 and ASTER missions in the past. His current research interests include the use of semantic web capabilities, and building ontologies to represent geospatial science knowledge domains. Chris Justice is a Professor and Research Director at the Geography Department of the University of Maryland. He is the land discipline chair for the NASA MODIS Science Team and is responsible for the MODIS Fire Product. He is a member of the NASA NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) Science Team. He is the NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Program Scientist. His current research is on land cover and land use change, the extent and impacts of global fire, global agricultural monitoring, and their associated information technology and decision support systems. Michael Abrams received his degrees in Biology and Geology from the California Institute of Technology. Since 1973 he has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in geologic remote sensing. He served on the science team for many instruments, including Skylab, HCMM, Landsat, and EO-1. Areas of specialization are mineral exploration, natural hazards, volcanology, and instrument validation. He has been on the US/Japan ASTER Science Team since 1988, and became the ASTER Science Team Leader in 2003.

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From the reviews: "This book is directed to those involved in monitoring land surfaces using remotely sensed data ... . provides a solid reference to the current science and application of the ASTER and MODIS sensors. This book encompasses both the technical aspects and the wide range of applications of both sensors. ... provides an excellent reference for the technical specifications and consideration in these sensors. ... Those who use ASTER or MODIS imagery for land observations should consider finding room on their bookshelves for this book." (Anthony L. Nguy-Robertson, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, January, 2012)

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Global environmental change remains a constant theme that resonates worldwide. The dynamics of the Earth system fosters complex spatio-temporal variations that highlight the significance of, and the need to monitor the Earth as a unified whole. Accurate, timely, and reliable data are a precursor to analyze and study several aspects of the integrated Earth system. Remote sensing observations have catalyzed several aspects of Earth system science by providing panoptic views and time-series measurements of the study environment in ways nearly impossible to replicate by traditional ground-based methods. NASA s Earth Observing System s (EOS) primary goal is to study and understand all interacting components of the Earth as a dynamic system. "Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change" is an edited compendium that specifically focuses on the terrestrial components of change based on the scientific knowledge derived from data produced by two EOS instruments, ASTER and MODIS, which are part of the Terra and Aqua satellite missions. As global environmental change in the Anthropocene age becomes more ubiquitous, the papers presented in this volume demonstrate the value of EOS for studying the Earth s surface. This volume helps articulate the EOS mission as a rich synergistic confluence of science, engineering, and technology, which helps us decipher how our terrestrial systems both contribute and respond to global environmental change.Audience: The primary audience for this book includes Earth and environmental science researchers and professionals, including those who use land remote sensing data. "

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