Field Measurements for Passive Environmental Remote Sensing

Field Measurements for Passive Environmental Remote Sensing

Instrumentation, Intensive Campaigns, and Satellite Applications

1st Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Editor: Nicholas Nalli
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239537

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Field Measurements for Environmental Remote Sensing: Instrumentation, Intensive Campaigns, and Satellite Applications is an academic synthesis of invaluable in situ measurements and techniques leveraged by the science of environmental remote sensing. Sections cover in situ datasets and observing methods used for satellite remote sending applications and validation, synthesizing the various techniques utilized by well-established application areas under a common paradigm. The book serves as both a textbook for students (upper-level undergraduate to graduate level) and a reference book for practitioners and researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic and remote sensing fields.

Key Features

  • Presents chapters organized according to subdiscipline, with each written by established experts in their relevant field
  • Includes literature reviews, case studies and applications for each subdivision
  • Features a synthesis of the suite of invaluable in situ measurements and techniques leveraged by the science of environmental remote sensing


Scientists at government agencies and labs (e.g., NOAA, NASA, NRL, EUMETSAT, JAXA, IMD, etc.), as well as professors/teachers at universities with departments in atmospheric, oceanic and remote sensing sciences. Environmental measurement scientists, engineers, technicians, or vendors who develop and characterize the vast array of instrumentation used for remote sensing applications discussed within

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    1. Introduction: Field Measurements and Remote Sensing

    Part I: Instrumentation
    2. Balloon-Borne Radiosondes
    3. Frost Point Hygrometers
    4. Ozonesondes
    5. Oceanographic buoys: providing ocean data to assess the accuracy of variables derived from satellite measurements
    6. Surface-Based Thermal Infrared Spectrometers
    7. Sun photometers
    8. AirCore

    Part II: Intensive Campaigns
    9. High-Altitude Aircraft Radiometric Calibration-Validation Campaigns
    10. Aircraft Dropsonde Campaigns
    11. Ship-Based Cal/Val Campaigns
    12. Land-Based Cal/Val Campaigns
    13. Aircraft Vertical Profile Measurements for Evaluation of Satellite Retrievals of Long-Lived Trace Gases
    14. Campaign Situational Awareness from Satellite Data

    Part III: Satellite Applications
    15. On-Orbit VIIRS Sensor Calibration and Validation in Reflective Solar Bands (RSB)
    16. NOAA Products Validation System (NPROVS)
    17. Satellite Microwave Sounder Product Retrieval Validation
    18. Considerations for Satellite Infrared Sounder Applications
    19. Sea Surface Temperature Validation and Blended Analysis
    20. Satellite Ocean Color Validation
    21. Land Surface Temperature Validation
    22. Heterogeneity of Smoke from Fires: Evaluation of VIIRS Smoke Detection Using FIREX-AQ Field Campaign Data
    23. Downburst Monitoring and Prediction Studies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: July 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239537

About the Editor

Nicholas Nalli

Dr. Nicholas Nalli received his B.S and M.S. degrees in Education from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was awarded a four-year Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), Colorado State University, which he completed onsite at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR as a Visiting Scientist. Dr. Nalli is currently a Senior Research Scientist (onsite contractor) at STAR, where he performs applied and basic research. His primary research specialty is in environmental satellite remote sensing, radiative transfer and validation, with a focus on oceanic and atmospheric applications. Other research interests include atmospheric aerosols, air-sea interactions, boundary layer and marine meteorology, oceanographic intensive field campaigns, forensic science, and global climate change applications. He is also interested and active in science education and public outreach.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scientist (onsite contractor), STAR, USA

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