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Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1405182253
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"...the book provides a useful text and reference source for information on remote sensing of the Earth's surface for the study of global environmental change...the book's strengths include the comprehensive material presented in the chapters on remote sensing of the land, oceans and coastal regions, which are areas of expertise for the authors. For this reason alone it is a valuable addition to the bookshelf of any student of remote sensing." (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, June 2013)

“An exciting and informative book to read and a pleasure to review, this work constitutes a generalist’s dream. . . By that virtue, this book should also appeal to the informed public at large.”  (Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing,  1 October 2012)

“I would recommend this book to those unfamiliar with remote-sensing methods and applications and to others who want to see how these techniques can be applied to global environmental change.”  (The Leading Edge, 1 May 2012)

"I highly recommend the well explained and invaluable reference book Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change by Samuel J. Purkis and Victor V. Klemas, to any students, professionals, and policy makers who are seeking a comprehensive and well presented approach to the application of remote sensing technology to global environmental change. This book will enhance and enrich your understanding of remote sensing, and of its accompanying technologies and environmental applications." (Blog Business World, 22 October 2011)

"The book covers in a very comprehensive way many aspects of remote sensing providing a global view of the physical background, models, a variety of sensors and several applications. Culturally, the book provides a clear picture of the remote sensing as a three-leg problem: measurements, models and inversion. The reader is guided into a tour of the most challenging services within GMES and GOESS programs. Authors are able to teach and fascinate at the same time."

 Maurizio Migliaccio
Università di Napoli Parthenope, Italy

“This book is written by two internationally leading scholars who have over 50 years combined experience in remote sensing and Earth sciences. It examines how the modern concepts, technologies and methods in remote sensing can be effectively used to solve problems relevant to a wide range of topics in global environmental change studies. And it has a companion site that contains all the figures and tables included in the book. This book is invaluable for undergraduate and graduate teaching, while providing a good overview of the technology to a manager or scientist.”

Xiaojun Yang, Ph.D. Department of Geography, Florida State University, USA


From the Back Cover

Remote Sensing plays a key role in monitoring the various manifestations of global climate change.  It is used routinely in the assessment and mapping of biodiversity over large areas, in the monitoring of changes to the physical environment, in assessing threats to various components of natural  systems, and in the identification of priority areas for conservation.

This book presents the fundamentals of remote sensing technology, but rather than containing lengthy explanations of sensor specifications and operation, it concentrates instead on the application of the technology to key environmental systems.  Each system forms the basis of a separate chapter, and each is illustrated by real world case studies and examples.  


The book is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in earth science, environmental science, or physical geography taking a course in environmental remote sensing.  It will also be an invaluable reference for environmental scientists and managers who require an overview of the use of remote sensing in monitoring and mapping environmental change at regional and global scales.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405182253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405182256
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I rate this book as top-notch, ably fulfilling the niche as a reference volume for managers, like me, who have a need to understand the nuances of remote sensing as a tool to monitor the changing earth. I also have no doubt that it could serve as a great textbook for a class. Indeed, I wouldn't hesitate to use it as such. Each chapter is well-organized, rich in description and clarity of explanations and the text is partnered with great artwork. The authors have done an admirable job in making an often complex subject, understandable. Highly recommended.
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Drs Purkis and Klemas have produced a well-illustrated and informative book. I would describe myself as an amateur enthusiast, interested to learn more about climate and global change and how they are measured. Though certainly not sacrificing any detail, the text was as understandable as it was informative. The treatment of coral reefs was particularly thorough. In summary, this is a thoughtful and well documented book that will certainly educate the reader in the current knowledge of earth observation of climate change. This is a fascinating science and I'm pleased to have the text on my bookshelf; I anticipate I'll be reaching for it frequently.
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The book is very easy to read, contains a significant amount of state-of-the-art information, and will be a valuable reference source.
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