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Remote sensing acquires and interprets small or large-scale data about the Earth from a distance. Using a wide range of spatial, spectral, temporal, and radiometric scales remote sensing is a large and diverse field for which this Handbook will be the key research reference. Illustrated throughout, an essential resource for the analysis of remotely sensed data, The SAGE Handbook of Remote Sensing provides researchers with a definitive statement of the core concepts and methodologies in the discipline.

Remote Sensing Scale and Data Selection Issues
Remote sensing scale and data selection issues
Keywords

remote sensing data, scale, spectral scale, spatial scale, temporal scale, radiometric scale.

Introduction

Remote sensing can be termed a mature discipline, in the sense that the underlying physical principles are well understood, and applications are beginning to appear in operational contexts spanning a diverse array of applications. In addition, the supporting technology has evolved to the extent that image acquisition, field work, and digital analysis are today much more sophisticated than in the early days of analog imaging, computer mainframe-based processing, and qualitative analysis. However, with the wide range of remotely sensed data that is now available, the rapid and continued advances in the power and storage capacity of modern desktop computers, and the ...

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