Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing

2014 Edition
| Editors: Eni G. Njoku

Remote Sensing, Historical Perspective

  • Vincent V. SalomonsonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-36699-9_158


Remote sensing, historical perspective. An overview of the history of remote sensing where remote sensing is defined as the technique of obtaining information about objects through the analysis of data collected by special instruments that are not in physical contact with the objects of investigation.


The term “remote sensing” began with the evolution of human capability to observe regions of the electromagnetic spectrum outside the range of wavelengths discernable by the human eye and traditional photography. The term “remote sensing” is attributed to Evelyn Pruitt, Office of Naval Research (see Fischer et al. in the 1975 edition of the Manual of Remote Sensing). Dr. Nicholas Short, formerly of NASA, provided an extended definition of remote sensing as follows:
  • Remote sensing refers to instrument-based techniques used in the acquisition and measurement of spatially organized (distributed) data/information on some property(ies) (spectral, spatial, physical) of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, University of UtahSouth JordanUSA