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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 and the Social Sciences
Remote sensing and the social sciences
Keywords

ABM (agent-based modeling), CA (cellular automata), discrete-continuous, ‘people and pixels’, policy, scale-pattern-process.

Introduction

The challenge in today's practice of remote sensing for the social sciences is that it does not fall neatly into a particular set of sensor systems, does not carry one specific set of approaches, and is carried out globally in diverse systems spanning the natural-anthropogenic divide. In large part this diversity stems from the nature of social science questions to search for answers to more abstract processes that may lack a direct biophysical result (Liverman et al. 1998), necessitating indirect mapping of social processes rather than direct mapping of biophysical phenomena. This legacy starts this chapter's discussion, and motivates the remaining sections that ...

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