Remote Sensing: Principles, Interpretation, and Applications by Floyd F. Sabins, Jr., James M. Ellis
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Remote Sensing
Principles, Interpretation, and Applications
Fourth Edition
Remote sensing has undergone profound changes over the past two decades as GPS, GIS, and sensor advances have significantly expanded the user community and availability of images. New tools, such as automation, cloud-based services, drones, and artificial intelligence, continue to expand and enhance the discipline. Along with comprehensive coverage and clarity, Sabins and Ellis establish a solid foundation for the insightful use of remote sensing with an emphasis on principles and a focus on sensor technology and image acquisition.

The Fourth Edition presents a valuable discussion of the growing and permeating use of technologies such as drones and manned aircraft imaging, DEMs, and lidar. The authors explain the scientific and societal impacts of remote sensing, review digital image processing and GIS, provide case histories from areas around the globe, and describe practical applications of remote sensing to the environment, renewable and nonrenewable resources, land use/land cover, natural hazards, and climate change.

Remote Sensing Digital Database includes 27 examples of satellite and airborne imagery that can be used to jumpstart labs and class projects. The database includes descriptions, georeferenced images, DEMs, maps, and metadata. Users can display, process, and interpret images with open-source and commercial image processing and GIS software.

• Flexible, revealing, and instructive, the Digital Image Processing Lab Manual for ENVI and the Digital Image Processing Lab Manual for ArcGIS Pro and Desktop provide 12 step-by-step exercises including enhancement, band ratios, principal components, georeferencing, DEMSs, supervised and unsupervised classification, and change detection. The ENVI manual also covers IHS, hyperspectral, and radar processing while the ArcGIS manual includes image interpretation, the National Land Cover Database, heads-up interpretation, and building GIS layouts.

Support Materials, including an introduction video, describe and guide users on ways to access and utilize the Remote Sensing Digital Database and the three Digital Image Processing Lab Manuals (ENVI, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Desktop).

• To encourage further interpretation and discussion of the applications of remote sensing and digital image processing, Digital Images are highlighted throughout the text.
“I am building a new course and the instructor resources are wonderful. I can see how much work has gone into this textbook and appreciate all the updates.” — Aggeliki Barberopoulou, Tufts University

“It looks and reads like a book both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Earth Remote Sensing would benefit from using in their class.” — Charles Bostater, Florida Institute of Technology

“The authors embarked on a substantial and successful effort to cover all the developments in the science, technology, and art of remote sensing that happened in the last quarter-century. Thus, the book has six new chapters, and more than half of its 500 figures and color plates are new. A few examples of current topics of remote sensing applications incorporated in this work are the monitoring of the effects of climate change, the processing of sensor data from unmanned aerial systems, and the emergence of new lidar technologies.” — Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing

“I like the focus on geological image interpretation applications, and that the book is up to date.” — Noah P. Snyder, Boston College

“As far as I know, this is the only remote sensing textbook on the market offering comprehensive coverage of both classic topics and emergent techniques such as drones, lidar, and others. The accompanying website allows instructors to access all figures, color plates, and a well-designed lab manual (data and answers). The website also provides a variety of sample remote sensor data that could be used for students’ class projects (for an intermediate or advanced course).” — Xiaojun Yang, Florida State University
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Concepts and Systems
Units of Measure / Electromagnetic Energy / Electromagnetic Spectrum / Image Characteristics / Vision / Location and Navigation Systems / Remote Sensing Systems / Reflectance and Radiance / Multispectral Imaging Systems / Hyperspectral Scanning Systems / Sources of Remote Sensing Information

2. Aerial and Satellite Photographs
Digital Technology Revolution / Interactions between Light and Matter / Handheld Digital Cameras / Characteristics of Aerial Images / Photomosaics / Stereo-Pairs of Aerial Photographs / Low Sun-Angle Photographs / Black-and-White Photographs / Color Science / Normal Color Photographs / IR Color Photographs / Color Science / Normal Color and Color IR Photographs Compared / Sources for Photographs/Images of the United States / Photographs from Satellites

3. Landsat Images
First Generation MSS: Landsat 1, 2, and 3 / Second Generation TM and ETM+: Landsat 4, 5, and 7 / Third Generation OLI and TIRS: Landsat 8 / Orbit Patterns / Path-and-Row Index Maps / Landsat Archvies / Landsat Color Images / Applications of Landsat / Seasonal Influence on Images

4. Multispectral Satellites
Overview / Polar-Orbiting Satellites / Geostationary Satellites

5. Thermal Infrared Images
Thermal Processes / Imaging Systems and Platforms / Thermal Properties of Materials / Characteristics of TIR Images / Conducting Airborne TIR Surveys / Heat-Loss Surveys / Conservation—Africa / Thermal Inertia Field Experiment / The Imler Road Area, California / Western Transvaal, South Africa / Satellite TIR Systems / TIR Spectra

6. Radar Images
Radar Technology / Historic Radar Systems / Recent Airborne and Satellite Radar Systems / Characteristics of Radar Images / Radar Return and Image Signatures / Surface Roughness on Landsat and Radar Images / Radar Signatures in Sand-Covered Desert Terrains / Radar Interaction with Tropical Terrain, Indonesia / Radar Interaction with Vegetated Terrain / Interferometry / Radar Applications

7. Digital Elevation Models and Lidar
Photogrammetry / Structure from Motion / Lidar / Radar / Sonar / Satellite Radar Altimetry / Global DEMs / Synthetic Stereo DEMs / Standards / Resources

8. Drones and Manned Aircraft Imaging
History / Platforms / Sensors / Aerial Mapping / sUAS regulations / New Developments

9. Digital Image Processing
Structure of Digital Images / Image Processing Overview / Preprocessing / Image Enhancement / Information Extraction / Image Processing

10. Geographic Information Systems
GIS Data Models / Raster Images / Digital Elevation Models / Spatial Analysis / Heads-Up Digitizing / Field Tools / Virtual 3-D Globes / GIS Configurations / Software

11. Environment
Environmental Satellites / UV Radiation and Ozone Concentration / Air Pollution / Climate and Weather / Oceanography / Ocean Currents / Sea Ice / Global Fires / Wetlands / Soil Moisture / Animal Counting / Hazardous Waste Sites / Thermal Plumes / Oil Spills

12. Renewable Resources
Agriculture / Forestry / Fisheries / Fresh Water / Renewable Energy

13. Nonrenewable Resources
Oil Exploration and Discovery / Mineral Exploration and Discovery / Monitoring Development with Remote Sensing

14. Land Use/Land Cover
Global Maps / USGS National Maps / Regional Mapping / Local Mapping / Accuracy Assessment / Dasymetric Maps / Modeling the Past and Future

15. Natural Hazards
Earthquakes / Landslides / Land Subsidence / Volcanoes / Floods / Storm Surge / Fire

16. Climate Change
Glaciers / Sea Ice / Permafrost / Desertification

17. Other Applications
Humanitarian / Infrastructure / Archeology / Public Health

Appendix A: Basic Geology for Remote Sensing
Appendix B: Location Maps
Appendix C: Remote Sensing Digital Database
Appendix D: Digital Image Processing Lab Manual