Earth from Afar



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Remote sensing is the art and science of recording, measuring, and analyzing information about a phenomenon from a distance. Humans with the aid of their eyes, noses, and ears are constantly seeing, smelling, and hearing things from a distance as they move through an environment. Thus, humans are naturally designed to be remote sensors. In order to study large areas of the Earth’s surface geographers use devices known as remote sensors. These sensors are mounted on platforms such as helicopters, planes, and satellites that make it possible for the sensors to observe the Earth from above. This book explores several case studies in full color!  It’s the perfect addition to your introduction to Remote Sensing or Geography classes.

Paul R. Baumann is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the State University of New York at Oneonta. His previous books include The American Landscape from the Air: Studying U.S. Geography with Aerial Photography, and, as editor, Up Close From Afar: Using Remote Sensing to Teach the American Landscape. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow with NASA’s Earth Resources Laboratory and the recipient of the National Council for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Teacher – Higher Education Award. He has published numerous articles on remote sensing in such journals as Geocarto International, Journal of Geography, and Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.


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