Remote Sensing of Vegetation: Principles, Techniques, and Applications

Remote Sensing of Vegetation: Principles, Techniques, and Applications


By (author) Hamlyn G. Jones, By (author) Robin A. Vaughan

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 242mm x 22mm | 921g
  • Publication date: 10 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199207798
  • ISBN 13: 9780199207794
  • Illustrations note: 150 B&W line, 16 page plate section
  • Sales rank: 384,382

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Remote sensing is becoming an increasingly important tool for agriculturalists, ecologists, and land managers for the study of Earth's agricultural and natural vegetation, and can be applied to further our understanding of key environmental issues, including climate change and ecosystem management. This timely introduction offers an accessible yet rigorous treatment of the basics of remote sensing at all scales, illustrating its practical application to the study of vegetation. Despite a quantitative approach, the advanced mathematics and complex models common in modern remote sensing literature is demystified through clear explanations that emphasise the key underlying principles, and the core physical aspects are explained in the biological context of vegetation and its adaptation to its specific environment. Various techniques and instruments are addressed, making this a valuable source of reference, and the advantages and disadvantages of these are further illustrated through worked examples and case studies. * Rigorous physical and mathematical principles presented in a way readily understood by those without a strong mathematical background * Boxes throughout summarize key information and concepts * The student is directed to carefully chosen further reading articles, allowing them to explore key topics in more detail Online Resource Centre The Online Resource Centre to accompany Remote Sensing of Vegetation features: For Students: * Links to useful websites For lecturers: * Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download

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Author information

Robin Vaughan moved to the University of Dundee in 1965 as a solid state physicist and in 1991 was appointed senior lecturer in the Electronic Engineering and Physics Division. In 1995 he was elected a Fellow of the Remote sensing Society. He has written numerous books and articles and is now course director of the Dundee MSc course on Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Applications.

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Remote Sensing of Vegetation: Principles, Techniques, and Applications is a very welcome contribution as an introductory textbook for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and autodidacts...Jones and Vaughan provide an excellent introduction to a growing transdisciplinary field of inquiry and practiceone that should find its way into many a syllabus. Geoffrey M. Henebry, BioScience

Table of contents

PREFACE ; LIST OF SYMBOLS AND ABBREVIATIONS ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Basics of radiation physics for remote sensing of vegetation ; 3. Radiative properties of vegetation, soils and water ; 4. Plant and canopy function ; 5. Earth observation systems ; 6. Preparation and manipulation of optical data ; 7. Use of spectral information for sensing vegetation properties and for image classification ; 8. Multiangular sensing of vegetation structure and modelling of radiation-transfer properties ; 9. Remote sensing of canopy mass and heat exchanges ; 10. Sampling, error and scaling ; 11. Integrated applications ; REFERENCES ; APPENDICES ; ANSWERS TO SAMPLE PROBLEMS ; INDEX