Remote Sensing of the Environment: An Earth Resource Perspective

Hardcover | May 11, 2006

byJohn R. Jensen

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This popular book introduces the fundamentals of remote sensing from an earth resource (versus engineering) perspective. The author emphasizes the use of remote sensing data for useful spatial biophysical or socio-economic information that can be used to make decisions. Provides two new chapters on LIDAR Remote Sensing (Ch. 10) and In situ Spectral Reflectance Measurement (Ch. 15). Offers a thorough review of the nature of electromagnetic radiation, examining how the reflected or emitted energy in the visible, near-infrared, middle-infrared, thermal infrared, and microwave portions of the spectrum can be collected by a variety of sensor systems and analyzed. Employs a visually stimulating, clear format: a large (8.5” x 11”) format with 48 pages in full color facilitates image interpretation; hundreds of specially designed illustrationscommunicate principles in an easily understood manner. A useful reference for agriculture, wetland, and/or forestry professionals, along with geographers, urban planners, and transportation engineers.

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This popular book introduces the fundamentals of remote sensing from an earth resource (versus engineering) perspective. The author emphasizes the use of remote sensing data for useful spatial biophysical or socio-economic information that can be used to make decisions. Provides two new chapters on LIDAR Remote Sensing (Ch. 10) an...

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Total Quality Handbook provides practical, easy-to-use information for both students and practitioners in the field of quality management. Global competition and the ever-increasing expectations of customers demand that organizations improve their performance continually. This need for continual improvement is unrelenting and ongoing...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 11 × 8.4 × 1.2 inPublished:May 11, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0131889508

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Preface BACKGROUND The total-quality philosophy is an approach to doing business that focuses all of the resources of the organization on the continual improvement of both quality and competitiveness. To this end, a total-quality organization will continually, improve its processes, people, and products. This approach is an effective way and, arguably, the only way to survive and prosper in a globally competitive environment. The global business environment is like the Olympic Games in that at every meeting, the competition is better. Records set at the last Games will be broken at the current Games. Performance that is record-breaking today will be insufficient even to win tomorrow. Consequently, organizations and the people who run them need to understand the total-quality philosophy and how to use it to continually improve everything, every day, forever. WHY AND FOR WHOM THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN This book was written to provide a "handbook" option to complement the authors' book Quality Management: An Introduction to Total Quality Management for Production, Processing, and Services. Quality Management is a comprehensive college-level text designed for individuals majoring in quality management or quality engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Total Quality Handbook, on the other hand, was written to be used in the following settings: on-site training programs in business, industry, and government; college classrooms for courses that require a less comprehensive treatment than that provided by Quality Management (e.g. quality-related courses that are electives in other majors such as engineering, business, management, or various technology programs); and on-site by managers, supervisors, engineers, and other personnel who are attempting to apply the total-quality philosophy in continually improving their organizations. ABOUT THE AUTHORS David L. Goetsch is Provost of the joint campus of the University of West Florida and Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is also president of the Development Institute (TDI), a private company dedicated to the continual improvement of quality, productivity, and competitiveness. Dr. Goetsch is co-founder of The Quality Institute, a partnership of the University of West Florida, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, and the Okaloosa Economic Development Council. He currently serves on the executive board of the Institute. Stanley B. Davis was a manufacturing executive with Harris Corporation until his retirement in 1991. He was founding managing director of The Quality Institute and is a well-known expert in the areas of implementing total quality, statistical process control, just-in-time manufacturing, benchmarking, ISO 9000, and ISO 14000. He currently serves as professor of quality at the Institute and heads his own firm, Stan Davis Consulting.

Table of Contents

 1. Remote Sensing of the Environment
 2. Electromagnetic Radiation Principles
 3. History of Aerial Photography and Aerial Platforms
 4. Aerial Photography - Vantage Point, Cameras, Filters, and Film
 5. Elements of Visual Image Interpretation
 6. Photogrammetry
 7. Multispectral Remote Sensing Systems
 8. Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing
 9. Active and Passive Microwave Remote Sensing

10. LIDAR Remote Sensing (new)
11. Remote Sensing of Vegetation
12. Remote Sensing of Water
13. Remote Sensing the Urban Landscape
14. Remote Sensing of Soils, Minerals, and Geomorphology

15. In situ Spectral Reflectance Measurement (new)
Index
Appendix A-Sources of Remote Sensing Information