The Western Geographic Science Center
conducts research to help communities make decisions about the interaction between people and their environment. We conduct geographic research on the environmental and societal consequences of a changing landscape.
Our projects analyze human / environmental interactions spatially and temporally. Our work is collaborative, involving many partners and linking many different natural science and social science disciplines. Our work is concentrated in the 9 states of the USGS Western Region and is conducted on local and regional scales.
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We announce with great pleasure that the Remote Sensing Handbook is now published! A comprehensive coverage of all remote sensing topics written by the best in the field. Overall, Remote Sensing Handbook has 82 Chapters, (about 2200 pages), 300+ authors, every page printed in color, and bound in hard copy.
The Remote Sensing Handbook is available from Amazon.
Editorial Reviews ...
"I have had the pleasure and honor to be involved in the field of remote sensing for
nearly 50 years. To say that much has changed and been accomplished in this field over
this time period is a severe understatement. It would require literally hundreds of experts
on a global basis to characterize the history, scope, utility, dynamism, and future outlook
for remote sensing. It is this exact feat that is accomplished through the contributions of
over 300 highly respected, international researchers and practitioners in the production
of Remote Sensing Handbook (three volumes). This comprehensive treatise sets a
new standard for spanning and integrating discussion of remote sensing principles, data,
methods, development, applications, and scientific and social context. It will be an
invaluable multidisciplinary reference for many years to come."
– Dr. Thomas M. Lillesand, Emeritus Professor of Remote Sensing, University of
"At a time when satellite remote sensing technologies and methods are advancing so
rapidly, it is good to see an up-to-date handbook covering a broad range of remote
sensing topics from different international authors, with different perspectives. The
handbook will be useful for students as well as practitioners using remote sensing data. I
congratulate the editor for compiling this three-volume handbook, which was clearly a
– Dr. Christopher Justice, Professor and Departmental Chairperson, Department of
Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland College Park, USA; Program Scientist,
NASA Land-cover\Land-use Change Program; 2014 individual Pecora Award winner