Given the growth in the number and complexity of ocean satellite systems since the launch of Seasat in 1978, combined with the fact that about twenty-five countries are now involved in such observations, this is an appropriate time for a new book on satellite oceanography (Disclosure: the book reviewer has also just published an ocean remote sensing book.). The present book is an expanded version of Robinson's 1985 book, Satellite Oceanography.

It consists of two parts: fundamentals of satellite oceanography and remote sensing techniques. Although Robinson originally planned to include a third part on ocean applications, because of the length of the current book, that section will be published separately in 2005. The present book discusses for the ice-free ocean “what is measured and how it is done.”