Research and Markets: Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change: Playing a Key Role in Monitoring Manifestations of Global Climate Change

DUBLIN — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 20, 2011Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new book " Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change" to their offering.

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.

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.

Samuel J. Purkis (PhD) is an Associate Professor at the National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, Florida, USA. Here, he directs a team focused on remote sensing solutions for the regional-scale appraisal of shallow-water tropical ecosystems. His experience in the Earth and Marine Sciences spans more than fifteen years and all of Earth's major coral reef provinces, ranging from ecological assessment, through sophisticated geostatistical modelling, to carbonate geology.

Victor V. Klemas (PhD) is Professor Emeritus at the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware. Since 1976 he has directed the university's Center for Remote Sensing, where he has pioneered the application of a wide range of remote sensing techniques to studies of wetland and estuarine ecosystems along major coasts of the world. He has served on six scientific committees of the National Research Council (NAS) and various government advisory panels.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Remote sensing basics.
  • Remote sensors and systems.
  • Digital image analysis.
  • Monitoring changes in global vegetation cover.
  • Remote sensing of urban environments.
  • Surface and ground water resources.
  • Coral reefs, carbon and climate.
  • Coastal impact of storm surges and sea level rise.
  • Observing the oceans.
  • Monitoring Earth's atmosphere.
  • Observing the cryosphere.
  • Effective communication of global change information using remote sensing.
  • Looking ahead: future developments.


"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 Universit 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

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