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Author Norris, Pat.

Title Watching earth from space : how surveillance helps us -- and harms us / Pat Norris
Published New York : Springer, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 284 pages) : illustrations
Series Springer-Praxis books in space exploration
Springer-Praxis books in space exploration.
Contents Note continued: Managing large imagery files -- Thermal and multi-spectral imaging -- future of imagery in verification -- Introduction -- Tactical surveillance -- Keyhole: US optical reconnaissance satellites -- Commercial imaging satellites -- Russian imaging satellites -- Other countries -- China -- France and continental Europe -- Great Britain -- Israel -- India -- Japan -- Radar imaging -- Missile early warning -- Getting the images back quickly -- Unmanned aircraft -- Introduction -- Satellites being listened to [-] and listening -- Military -- Monitoring the oceans -- Spying on the spies -- Money no object -- Soviets/Russians: ocean surveillance -- Soviets/Russians: eavesdropping -- Other countries -- France -- China -- UK
Summary This is the story of how our planet is being monitored by hundreds of space-borne instruments for both military and peaceful reasons. It highlights the technical challenges of those instruments and describes the agencies that gather useful information from them
But as well as all the essential monitoring performed by satellites - such as mapping natural or man-made disasters, agricultural performance, weather, and climate change to name but a few - there is a growing swell of public opinion that they are being used by governments to erode personal privacy and freedom. This book looks at the possible conflict between public good and market forces, and the future development of new systems to deal with new needs. --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Artificial satellites in remote sensing.
Earth (Planet) -- Remote-sensing images.
Genre/Form Remote-sensing images.
Remote-sensing images.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781441969385 (electronic bk.)
1441969381 (electronic bk.)