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Essential Image Processing and GIS for Remote Sensing

Essential Image Processing and GIS for Remote Sensing

Jian Guo Liu, Philippa J. Mason

ISBN: 978-0-470-51031-5 September 2009 460 Pages


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Essential Image Processing and GIS for Remote Sensing is an accessible overview of the subject and successfully draws together these three key areas in a balanced and comprehensive manner. The book provides an overview of essential techniques and a selection of key case studies in a variety of application areas.

Key concepts and ideas are introduced in a clear and logical manner and described through the provision of numerous relevant conceptual illustrations. Mathematical detail is kept to a minimum and only referred to where necessary for ease of understanding. Such concepts are explained through common sense terms rather than in rigorous mathematical detail when explaining image processing and GIS techniques, to enable students to grasp the essentials of a notoriously challenging subject area. 

The book is clearly divided into three parts, with the first part introducing essential image processing techniques for remote sensing. The second part looks at GIS and begins with an overview of the concepts, structures and mechanisms by which GIS operates. Finally the third part introduces Remote Sensing Applications. Throughout the book the relationships between GIS, Image Processing and Remote Sensing are clearly identified to ensure that students are able to apply the various techniques that have been covered appropriately. The latter chapters use numerous relevant case studies to illustrate various remote sensing, image processing and GIS applications in practice. 


"This book will allow interpreters to approach their work with a wider and deeper understanding of what has happened to imagery before it lands on their desk or computer." (Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 1 August 2011)

"The authors have described the key concepts and ideas with clarity and in a logical manner and have also included numerous relevant conceptual illustrations. The book contains twenty three chapters, all of which are well written." (IAPR Newsletter, 1 July 2011)


  • Includes essential techniques and case study material in a variety of application areas
  • Emphasis on easy to understand terminology with clear explanations and conceptual illustrations throughout to enhance student understanding
  • Avoids unnecessary mathematical jargon when explaining image processing and GIS techniques