Measuring the Oceans From Space



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.”