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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (November 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593850794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593850791
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Until now, there have been few and limited attempts to address the critical issue of field methods in remote sensing. This text is a welcome and needed addition to the field. It speaks to this gap in the literature of both remote sensing pedagogy and research methodology. Students and professionals alike should find its guidelines, bibliography, and sample field note forms most useful. I intend to use the text in my courses in advanced remote sensing and digital image analysis, for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, respectively."--Floyd M. Henderson, Department of Geography, University at Albany, The State University of New York

"It is strange that no comprehensive publication on this important subject has appeared until now. Professionals and students will be indebted to McCoy for his explanations in plain English of the ins and outs of conducting field work for remote sensing projects, based on his years of practical experience. The book covers all areas of remote sensing where field work is required, ranging from biophysical to social applications. There are detailed discussions on the use of GPS, methods of sampling, and field spectroscopy, and the appendices are also particularly useful. Full of sound advice, this is an indispensable contribution for all those engaged in remote sensing. It will also serve as a text in undergraduate- and graduate-level field methods courses. I strongly recommend this book."--C. P. Lo, Department of Geography, University of Georgia

"This book fills a void that exists in other remote sensing texts. McCoy shows the reader how to collect ground reference information in support of remotely sensed data and offers helpful sample problems and solutions from his many years of experience in the field. I highly recommend this text as a complement to the standard remote sensing books for all graduate students who will be collecting ground reference (ground truth) data. In addition, professionals who use GPS, GIS, or remote sensing data will find this text to be a handy guide in improving the value of their field measurement and observations. This book should be a part of the library of anyone who uses remote sensing data."--Chris J. Johannsen, Department of Agronomy (Emeritus), Purdue University



"A 'must read' for anyone who applies remote-sensing techniques, especially for students who study remote sensing as a discipline and for professionals who need to conduct fieldwork on remote sensing projects. Researchers heading into the field for the first time will find the book an extremely useful primer of practices and procedures. Readers will find its clear explanations of theories, intuitively understandable illustrations for complex issues, practical procedures for guiding field data collection, and wealth of information in the appendices—including a bibliography, field forms, and online links—very beneficial. McCoy's book is well organized. It offers a concise and systematic review of field methods for remote-sensing applications....Instructors may...find McCoy's book a necessary supplementary reading in their courses.....Deserves a prominent place on a student's reading list....A book that makes remote-sensing systems and the field methods appropriate to their validation accessible to all. This book will help even the informed reader to better construct a systematic and comprehensive understanding of remote sensing."--Geographical Review
(Geographical Review 2004-11-13)

"A very useful text for those who are new to the process of field data collection in remote sensing....provides a good first step overview."--Cartographic Perspectives
(Cartographic Perspectives 2004-11-13)

"Concise, easy to read....The author's experience with field methods, which comes from years of teaching remote sensing and physical geography and conduction research in remote sensing of vegetation, soils, and hydrocarbons, enables him to present much practical advice to the reader....The book is a valuable guide to field measurement methods for students and professionals."--Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
(Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 2004-11-13)

About the Author

Roger M. McCoy earned a BS degree in petroleum geology from the University of Oklahoma, and worked for an oil company for several years before starting graduate school. He obtained a master’s degree in geography from the University of Colorado, followed by a PhD in geography with an emphasis in remote sensing at the University of Kansas. After short periods of teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Kentucky, Dr. McCoy taught at the University of Utah until his retirement in 1998. During that time he taught remote sensing and physical geography and conducted research in remote sensing of vegetation, soils, and hydrocarbons. He lives near Tucson with his wife, Sue, and continues his interests in research and writing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edi151 on November 25, 2011
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This publication covers the basics of remote sensing field work. In this capacity it is a good introduction. Its limitation is that it doesn't cover the application of new technology to the computer to field work interface. For example, it doesn't cover the use of GPS units with online or postdifferential signal correction, the use of GPS embedded data dictionaries, and mobile devices running ArcMobile or ArcPad type software for field data collection. It would benefit a lot by revision to include the ways in which these newer technologies can be used to increase the rigor of field data collection and to decrease the cost of field work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Lands on November 5, 2010
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This book has been a great reference for me as I am learning the basics of remote sensing. I use it to help integrate Remote Sensing into my field work and vice versa. The book is well written and easy to comprehend. It can easily be used in the classroom as well.
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Excellent book on field methods or ground truthing satellite imagery. Satellite analysis needs to be accompanied by a strong program to correlate what is observed from the sensor and what is happening on the ground. This book saves time in designing a field program. I have purchases several of these books over the years and given them to grad student and fellow researchers. Saves time in "reinventing the wheel."
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I heard this book in a seminar. I was often confused by the sample plot size in field work. I think I get what I want to some extent.
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