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Field Methods in Remote Sensing - Roger M. McCoy

Field Methods in Remote Sensing

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Roger M. McCoy, Department of Geography (Emeritus), University of Utah This concise, much-needed guide takes readers step by step through planning and executing field work associated with many different types of remote sensing projects. Remote sensing texts and research reports typically focus on data-analytic techniques while offering a dearth of information on procedures followed in the field. In contrast, this book provides clear recommendations for defining field work objectives, devising a valid sampling plan, finding locations using GPS, and selecting and using effective measurement techniques for field reflectance spectra and for studies of vegetation, soils, water, and urban areas. Appendices feature sample field note forms, an extensive bibliography on advanced and specialized methods, and online metadata sources. KEY FEATURES: * The only book on field methods in remote sensing, an essential topic that other texts (and journal articles) rarely cover in detail. * A concise, straightforward, step-by-step guide. * Will be used by students about to begin field work and professionals seeking guidance on field procedures for specific projects. CRITICAL ACCLAIM 'Until now, there have been few and limited attempts to address the critical issue of field methods in remote sensing. This text is a welcome and needed addition to the field. It speaks to this gap in the literature of both remote sensing pedagogy and research methodology. Students and professionals alike should find its guidelines, bibliography, and sample field note forms most useful. I intend to use the text in my courses in advanced remote sensing and digital image analysis, for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, respectively.' --- Floyd M. Henderson, Department of Geography, University at Albany, The State University of New York 'It is strange that no comprehensive publication on this important subject has appeared until now. Professionals and students will be indebted to McCoy for his explanations in plain English of the ins and outs of conducting field work for remote sensing projects, based on his years of practical experience. The book covers all areas of remote sensing where field work is required, ranging from biophysical to social applications. There are detailed discussions on the use of GPS, methods of sampling, and field spectroscopy, and the appendices are also particularly useful. Full of sound advice, this is an indispensable contribution for all those engaged in remote sensing. It will also serve as a text in undergraduate- and graduate-level field methods courses. I strongly recommend this book.' --- C. P. Lo, Department of Geography, University of Georgia 'This book fills a void that exists in other remote sensing texts. McCoy shows the reader how to collect ground reference information in support of remotely sensed data and offers helpful sample problems and solutions from his many years of experience in the field. I highly recommend this text as a complement to the standard remote sensing books for all graduate students who will be collecting ground reference (ground truth) data. In addition, professionals who use GPS, GIS, or remote sensing data will find this text to be a handy guide in improving the value of their field measurement and observations. This book should be a part of the library of anyone who uses remote sensing data.' --- Chris J. Johannsen, Department of Agronomy (Emeritus), Purdue University AUDIENCE: Students, instructors, and professionals in geography, agriculture, forestry, range science, geology, hydrology, and environmental science. CLASSROOM USE: Serves as an ideal supplemental text for remote sensing courses with a field work component. CONTENTS: 1. Problems and Objectives in Remote Sensing Field Work 2. Sampling in the Field 3. Finding Locations in the Field 4. Field Spectroscopy 5. Collecting Thematic Data in the Field 6. Measurement of Vegetation 7. Soil and Other Surface Materials 8. Water Bodies and Snow Cover 9. Applying Concepts of Field Work to Urban Projects Appendix 1. Selected Bibliography on Field Methods and Related Topics Not Cited in the References Appendix 2. Field Note Forms Appendix 3. Metadata Online Resources References

"Until now, there have been few and limited attempts to address the critical issue of field methods in remote sensing. This text is a welcome and needed addition to the field. It speaks to this gap in the literature of both remote sensing pedagogy and research methodology. Students and professionals alike should find its guidelines, bibliography, and sample field note forms most useful. I intend to use the text in my courses in advanced remote sensing and digital image analysis, for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, respectively."--Floyd M. Henderson, Department of Geography, University at Albany, The State University of New York

"It is strange that no comprehensive publication on this important subject has appeared until now. Professionals and students will be indebted to McCoy for his explanations in plain English of the ins and outs of conducting field work for remote sensing projects, based on his years of practical experience. The book covers all areas of remote sensing where field work is required, ranging from biophysical to social applications. There are detailed discussions on the use of GPS, methods of sampling, and field spectroscopy, and the appendices are also particularly useful. Full of sound advice, this is an indispensable contribution for all those engaged in remote sensing. It will also serve as a text in undergraduate- and graduate-level field methods courses. I strongly recommend this book."--C. P. Lo, Department of Geography, University of Georgia

"This book fills a void that exists in other remote sensing texts. McCoy shows the reader how to collect ground reference information in support of remotely sensed data and offers helpful sample problems and solutions from his many years of experience in the field. I highly recommend this text as a complement to the standard remote sensing books for all graduate students who will be collecting ground reference (ground truth) data. In addition, professionals who use GPS, GIS, or remote sensing data will find this text to be a handy guide in improving the value of their field measurement and observations. This book should be a part of the library of anyone who uses remote sensing data."--Chris J. Johannsen, Department of Agronomy (Emeritus), Purdue University

Problems and Objectives in Remote Sensing Field Work
Sampling in the Field
Finding Locations in the Field
Field Spectroscopy
Collecting Thematic Data in the Field
Measurement of Vegetation
Soil and Other Surface Materials
Water Bodies and Snow Cover
Applying Concepts of Field Work to Urban Projects
Selected Bibliography on Field Methods and Related Topics Not Cited in the References
Field Note Forms
Metadata Online Resources
References
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ISBN: 9781593850791
ISBN-10: 1593850794
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 159
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25