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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 of Land Cover Change
Remote sensing of land cover change

change detection, land use conversion, land use modification, object-oriented analysis, radiometric correction, accuracy assessment.


Environmental change, and especially change that can be related to anthropogenic causes, is recognized as one of the pre-eminent issues of our time (IPCC 2007, Turner et al. 2007). Remote sensing is an important tool for documenting relatively recent land changes, for monitoring current changes, and for calibrating models for predicting future changes (Rindfuss et al. 2004). Remote sensing offers many distinctive strengths for the study of land change:

  • The data are objective, and generally consistent within each scene.
  • Remotely sensed data are spatially explicit, with a defined and relatively uniform spatial scale.
  • Remotely sensed data are spatially comprehensive within the ...
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