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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.

A Look to the Future
A look to the future

future trends, opportunities, remote sensing policy, applications, technology.


The previous chapters in this book have provided a guide to the current status of remote sensing. The chapters have covered topics ranging from issues connected with the fundamental principles of remote sensing through some major developments in remote sensors to a diverse and growing range of applications. These chapters have highlighted recent trends in the subject, revealing it to be highly dynamic. This is not surprising as remote sensing is an integral part of the general area of geotechnology which has been identified as a major priority area for research and development (Gewin 2004, Mondello et al. 2004, 2006). One consequence of the dynamism of the subject is ...

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