|Title:||Remote sensing of tropical regions|
|Authors:||Eugene A. Sharkov|
|Publisher:||Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 1998|
|Series:||Wiley - Praxis series in remote sensing|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-0-471-97171-9|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and an index|
The tropical regions of the Earth play a crucial role in the evolution of the global thermodynamic surface-atmosphere system, and in the socio-ecological processes on our planet. The well known cliches describing the tropics as "the firebox of the atmosphere" and "the lungs of the planet" are not exaggerations.
The principle pusposes of this book are to demonstrate the unique capabilities of modern remote sensing techniques for the observation and monitoring of tropical ecosystems, and to subtantiate the scientific rationale for studies of the Earth's tropical regions. In the first part of this book, the author places particular emphasis on specific features of low-latitude conditions, such as tropical cyclones, mesoscale tropical systems, dynamical features in tropical oceans, and the temperature and humidity structure of the tropical atmosphere.
Remote sensing of the tropics in the visual and infrared bands is severely limited by cloud cover, and for this reason microwave remote sensing is of great importance for observations of tropical systems. In the second part of this book, the author considers the basic principles of microwave sounding, and the role of both passive and active remote sensing methods for tropical ecosystem monitoring. He presents examples of applications in areas such as rainforest monitoring, crop mapping, population distribution, hydrology studies and the monitoring of biomass burning and active geodetic zones. The book concludes with a synopsis of the current status of operational satellite systems and future plans for tropical studies using remote sensing.
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|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|005919||G70.5.T76.S52 1998||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Closed-stack||Available|