Principles of Remote Sensing

Written by: The International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation

Sounds like one might consider this free online life sciences textbook something of a crash course on geoinformatics. It was written to give novice students the basics within three weeks. Students might be glad to hear that the authors included reviews of the relevant physics topics prior to presenting the information on sensor technology and image processing techniques.

Principles of Remote Sensing was published by The International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation in The Netherlands. All of their degree courses use this textbook in their introductory module on Earth Observation. It has a corerequisite course – Principles of Geographic Information Systems, which is also offered by the Institute freely online.

Both course books are written in English even though the Institute is located in The Netherlands. They mention that the wording is designed for students with varying levels of English language skills. That may mean that native English speakers may find Principles of Remote Sensing easier to understand than other books on the same topic.

Chapter Titles of Principles of Remote Sensing

  1. Introduction to earth observation by remote sensing
  2. Electromagnetic energy and remote sensing
  3. Spatial referencing
  4. Platforms and passive electro-optical sensors
  5. Visualization and radiometric operations
  6. Geometric operations
  7. Visual image interpretation
  8. Digital image classification
  9. Aerial photography
  10. Active sensors
  11. Image restoration and atmospheric corrections
  12. Thermal remote sensing
  13. Imaging Spectrometry
  14. Remote sensing below the ground surface
   

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