15. Remote Sensing Techniques

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch15

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

How to Cite

Richharia, M. and Westbrook, L. D. (2010) Remote Sensing Techniques, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch15

Author Information

  1. 1

    Knowledge Space Ltd, UK

  2. 2

    QinetiQ Ltd, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 JUL 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dr Xuemin (Sherman) Shen BSc, MSc, PhD3 and
  2. Dr Yi Pan BEng, MEng, PhD4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Waterloo, Canada

  2. 4

    Georgia State University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470714287

Online ISBN: 9780470665619



  • image interpretation;
  • image processing;
  • remote sensing data;
  • sensor systems;
  • system characteristics


This chapter addresses a remote sensing system in a wider perspective-remote sensing of planetary objects, remote sensing at a ground level, remote sensing from an airborne platform (e.g. aerial photography), remote sensing through energy other than electromagnetic waves (e.g. ultrasonic). The chapter explains monitoring the Earth from satellites remotely by means of electromagnetic radiations. Only certain parts of the electromagnetic spectrum are useful for remote sensing. Remote sensing data are collected digitally or in analogue form. The data acquired by the Earth imaging sensors represent the image on the curved surface of the Earth. In many situations, remotely sensed images require human involvement in their interpretation. Although it is feasible to interpret the images algorithmically, human involvement is sometimes preferred. The data captured by on-board sensors are transferred via traditional satellite communications links to the ground station visible from the satellite.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

image processing; remote sensing; sensor systems