Skip to main content
  • Book
  • © 2002

Observation of the Earth and Its Environment

Survey of Missions and Sensors

  • The world's only complete reference about missions and sensors

  • Provides a huge amount of technical data

  • Accompanying CD-ROM contains even more information and provides search functions

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Buying options

eBook USD 139.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-56294-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-6
  2. Earth Observation Short-History

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 7-163
  3. Atmosphere/Radiation/Aeronomy Missions

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 165-262
  4. Commercial Imaging Satellites

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 263-310
  5. Data Collection (Messaging) Systems

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 311-328
  6. Earth Observation/Monitoring Missions

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 329-553
  7. Geodynamic/Earth-System Missions

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 555-606
  8. Meteorology — LEO (Low Earth Orbit) Missions

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 661-755
  9. Satellite Radionavigation Systems

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 757-797
  10. Shuttle — Selected Missions and Payloads

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 815-862
  11. Space Science/Solar-Terrestrial Missions

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 863-982
  12. Space Stations

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 983-1004
  13. Technology Missions

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 1005-1137
  14. University/Student-Developed Satellites & Payloads

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 1139-1192
  15. Reference Data and Definitions

    • Herbert J. Kramer
    Pages 1193-1312
  16. Back Matter

    Pages 1313-1510

About this book

This book is about spaceborne missions and instruments. In addition, surveys of airborne missions and of campaigns can be found on the accompanying CD-ROM in pdf-format. Compared with the 3rd edition the spaceborne part grew from about 300 to 1000 pages. The complete text - including the electronic-only chapters - contains more than 1900 pages. New chapters treat the history of Earth observation and university missions. The number of commercial Earth imaging missions has grown significantly. A chapter contains reference data and definitions. Extensive appendices provide a comprehensive glossary, acronyms and abbreviations and an index of sensors. An effort has been made to present the information in context, to point out relationships and interconnections. The book may serve as a reference and guide to all involved in the various national and international space programs: researchers and managers, service providers and data users, teachers and students. This book is about instruments and their use on space-borne platforms. Surveys of airborne missions and of campaigns can be found on the accompanying CD-ROM in pdf-format. Compared with the 3rd edition the space-borne part grew from about 300 to 1000 pages. The complete text - including the elec- tronic-only chapters - contains more than 1900 pages. New chapters treat the history of earth observation and Univer- sity missions. The number of commercial earth imaging missi- ons has grown significantly. A chapter contains reference data and definitions. Extensive appendices provide a comprehensive glossary, acronyms and abbreviations and an index of sensors. An effort has been made to present the in- formation in context, to point out relationships and inter- connections. The book may serve as a reference and guide to all

Keywords

  • Earth observation
  • airborne
  • campaign
  • environment
  • imaging
  • lidar
  • meteorology
  • mission
  • monitoring
  • payload
  • radar
  • satellite
  • sensor
  • space shuttle
  • space station
  • space-borne
  • terrestrial
  • ecotoxicology

Reviews

From the reviews of the third edition:

"The proliferation of space and aircraft-based Earth observation systems makes it difficult for users to navigate the maze of information available about them, Kramer’s book has served that role in its first two editions, and is enhanced in its new third edition. His book should be a required document in any serious library supporting remote sensing research and applications." (John H. McElroy, EOS, July, 1996)

From the reviews of the fourth edition:

"Simply stated, this remarkable book is an essential resource for anyone concerned with any aspect of Earth-centered remote sensing. Now in its fourth edition, and blessed for the first time with a complete CD-ROM (that includes more than 400 pages of resource material that is not in the hard copy), this encyclopaedic monograph captures the entire field of space-based and airborne systems, instruments, campaigns, and much more. Although the price may dissuade purchase for personal use, at less than 1/10th the cost of a single frame of decent space-based imagery, it is a steal. No laboratory, agency, technical library, or serious practitioner concerned with remotely sensed data or systems should be without this work. It is clear that the author has invested an incredible amount of effort to compile so much rich detail in such an accessible format and pleasing style. There is no alternative reference to be found anywhere that approaches the scope and breadth of this modern classic." R.K. RANEY, IEEE GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING SOCIETY NEWSLETTER (March 2002) "Of all the books in my office, this is the one that I refer to most frequently. Anyone working in the fi3eld of remote sensing will eventually need the answers to question such as, "What is the instrument complement of UARS?" or "What is the spatial resolution of EROS-A1?" Even in this age of online resources, the best and fastest way to answer those questions is to consult this book. Herbert Kramer has provided a comprehensive and up-to-date compendium of space-borne missions that are designed to perform earth remote sensing, but also upper-atmosphere and ionosphere sensing, near-earth environmental monitoring, and technology demonstrations. The encyclopaedic portion of the text on space-borne missions totals more than 1000 pages, and that alone would compose a unique reference text. But there is much more to this book. The entire contents of the book are also provided on a CD-ROM which also contains a 327-page survey of airborne sensors. This book is a tour de force. It is an indispensable reference book that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious practitioner. It is a unique resource and has my highest recommendation." D.L. GLACKIN (BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAM METEROLOGICAL SOCIETY, May 2002)

"Observations of the Earth and Its Environment is a carefully constructed book with sections emphasizing different aspects of remote sensing in the Earth sciences. … The most important information in the book for a beginner is probably the clear description of the terminology used in remote sensing. … In summary, Observations of the Earth and Its Environment is a well-presented encyclopedia of useful information that is required for anyone who is interested in the application, technology, and science of remote sensing." (Venkat Lakshmi, EOS, Vol. 84 (6), 2003)

"This book of 1923 pages, 522 figures, and 857 tables … is more than a documentation. … It is an excellent overview about space technology and techniques of satellite sensors. … Consequently, this book is important for each library as information source about satellite techniques and space activities. It is particularly valuable because of its integration of collection of information, description of backgrounds and objectives as well as explanation of scientific fundamentals and technical details." (Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 11 (4), 2002)

"This very large tome is perhaps the most complete reference book on satellite missions and sensors ever printed. … I found the book full of useful and accurate information and an excellent resource. … The hardcover book is beautifully produced; the typeface, although small, is sharp and legible and the figures are clear. I’m impressed with this reference book and would recommend it very highly to all students and researchers with a serious interest in Earth Observation using satellite and airbone platforms." (Fred Prata, Australian Meteorological Magazine, Vol. 51 (2), 2002)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilching, Germany

    Herbert J. Kramer

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 139.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-56294-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)