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Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation (4th Edition) Hardcover – 30 Nov 1999

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Revised edition edition (30 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471255157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471255154
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.1 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"It remains an excellent book and to have it updated is very valuable...It is nice to see a good book being updated." (Int Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol 21/16, 2000)

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The image to the right shows a volcanic landscape in central Africa, including parts of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). This image was obtained from the SIR–C multi–wavelength radar remote sensing system, operated on the space shuttle Endeavor in 1994. SIR–C monitors the earth′s surface using wave–lengths of energy that are much longer than the visible light seen by the human eye; thus, the hues in this "false color" radar image have little to no relationship to what would be seen in ordinary visible light. The volcano at top center of the image is Karisimba, 4500 m high. The green patch on the lower slopes of Karisimba volcano, to the right of its peak, is an area of bamboo forest–one of the world′s few remaining habitats for mountain gorillas. Only some 600–700 mountain gorillas still remain on earth. Because the SIR–C radar is virtually unaffected by weather conditions, it is an ideal tool for capturing images over the cloudy and misty volcanic areas where mountain gorillas live. Nyiragongo volcano (3465 m elevation) dominates the lower portion of the image some of the lava flows that surround it have a distinctive purple appearance in this image. As shown here, remote sensing in wavelengths of energy outside the range of visible light can often reveal aspects of our environment that complement what can be detected by the unaided eye. (This image covers a 24 km by 60 km area.) The global image (inset, below) is a composite view of vegetation cover on land and chlorophyll concentration in the oceans. This image was derived from data collected by the SeaWiFS global ocean color monitoring mission. Wide field–of–view sensors such as SeaWiFS permit continuous, long–term monitoring of the environment on a global scale, providing an important contribution to our understanding of the earth system as a single, integrated whole.

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Format: Hardcover
This introduction to Remote Sensing has already become a classic textbook. It introduces the basic concepts of image interpretation based primarily based on aerial photographs. It also contains a comprehensive discussion of a wide range of detectors which is both good as background knowledge and later as refernce. The only downside is that information on satellite missions quickly get outdated as old system die and new ones are launched.
It's section on digital image processing and microwave systems are quite applications oriented but also give a quite good view on the theoretical background.
The thing I missed the most was a better explanation of the physical principles behind remote sensing which is not very extensively covered in this book.
But it is the best introduction to remote sensing I have seen, Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bible of the field 10 Nov. 2014
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I took a course in remote sensing interpretation from Tom Lillesand in the mid 1970's and have never forgotten it. This book is the evolved child of the book he provided for the course.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Drawn out, very difficult to follow 22 May 1996
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Imagine a textbook without a glossary of terms. A book thatseems to use fancy nomenclature only as a tool to boostthe authors egos. Having strained through this text only by shear interest in Remote, I would advise any academic to look towards the piles of other more appropriatly constructed textbooks concerned with remote. As to the publishers claim that it also concerns itself with GIS applications, yes, but in an obscure and unfriendly manner. Do not consider this book as a textbook choice. It only serves to discredit the noble and forthright advances of a vital technology.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good technical overview of RS 12 Feb. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
The text is a comprehensive introduction to RS that covers the science from physical basis to sensors and applications. It is not a HOW-TO-DO-IT book as opposed to a complete textbooks for students in this area who need good background of the science and its application. We use it as a good textbook for solid foundation prior to more practical texts on HOW-TO-DO-IT.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly One of the BEST!! 15 April 2004
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Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best on the market on Image Interpretation. After taking a class and the instructor had a different book (which was poorly written book) I bought this book. I found it interesting and easy to use, any math was explained step by step! I cant wait to get the 5th edition! This is a must for any person who is interested in this topic or is working in the field.
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books in RS 11 Oct. 2000
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Format: Hardcover
One of the best text books in Remote Sensing: comprehensive, complete. I have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions. Will wait to the 4th edition in paperback.
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