Optical Remote Sensing of Land Surface

Optical Remote Sensing of Land Surface

Techniques and Methods

1st Edition - August 25, 2016

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  • Authors: Nicolas Baghdadi, Mehrez Zribi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081011843
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481024

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The considerable progress in instrumentation and in the development of methods for the processing and analysis of data places remote sensing at the center of various international programs for the surveillance and tracking of climatic and anthropogenic changes and effects on the environment. This volume presents optical imaging and LiDAR systems: their instrumentation, physics of measurement, processing methods and data analysis. The estimation of a digital terrain model based on optical images and LiDAR data is also discussed.This book, part of a set of six volumes, has been produced by scientists who are internationally renowned in their fields. It is addressed to students (engineers, Masters, PhD), engineers and scientists, specialists in Earth observation techniques and imaging systems.Through this pedagogical work, the authors contribute to breaking down the barriers that hinder the use of Earth observation data.

Key Features

  • Provides clear and concise descriptions of modern remote sensing methods
  • Explores the most current remote sensing techniques with physical aspects of the measurement (theory) and their applications
  • Provides chapters on physical principles, measurement, and data processing for each technique described
  • Describes optical remote sensing technology, including a description of acquisition systems and measurement corrections to be made


Research laboratories specializing in remote sensing or users of satellite products; Masters or Doctorate level students in the field of engineering, agriculture and geography

Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Acronyms
    • Introduction
    • 1: Radiometry in the Optical Domain
      • Abstract
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 Radiometric quantities
      • 1.3 General presentation of an optical system
      • 1.4 Inversion methods used to retrieve optical properties and the surface temperature
      • 1.5 Key points
    • 2: Multispectral Satellite Image Processing
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Concepts and reminders
      • 2.3 Viewing of multispectral optical images
      • 2.4 The preprocessing of multispectral satellite images
      • 2.5 Extraction of information
      • 2.6 Conclusions and prospects
      • 2.7 Key points
    • 3: Digital Terrain Models from Optical Images
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Introduction: the main principles of spatial stereoscopy
      • 3.2 Geometric modeling of the scene
      • 3.3 Matching images
      • 3.4 From disparity to the digital surface model
      • 3.5 Conclusions and perspectives
      • 3.6 Key points
    • 4: Processing Hyperspectral Images
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Hyperspectral images, representation and preprocessing
      • 4.3 Spectral matching
      • 4.4 Spectral segmentation
      • 4.5 Spectral classification
      • 4.6 Spectral unmixing
      • 4.7 Detection of targets, anomalies and objects
      • 4.8 New directions in hyperspectral image processing
      • 4.9 Key points
    • 5: Principle and Physics of the LiDAR Measurement
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 General aspects concerning the LiDAR instrument
      • 5.3 General aspects of LiDAR optical systems
      • 5.4 LiDAR equation of the profiler
      • 5.5 Sources of uncertainty in the LiDAR measurement
      • 5.6 Key points
    • 6: Airborne LiDAR Data Processing
      • Abstract
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 LiDAR Waveform analysis
      • 6.3 3D point cloud processing
      • 6.4 Perspectives
      • 6.5 Key points
    • 7: Digital Terrain Models Derived from Airborne LiDAR Data
      • Abstract
      • 7.1 Introduction
      • 7.2 Filtering of 3D point clouds
      • 7.3 Interpolation/surface adjustment
      • 7.4 Evaluation of digital terrain models
      • 7.5 Key points
    • Glossary
    • List of Authors
    • Index
    • Scientific Committee

Product details

  • No. of pages: 388
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2016
  • Published: August 25, 2016
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081011843
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481024

About the Authors

Nicolas Baghdadi

Nicolas Baghdadi is Research Director at IRSTEA in France. He is currently the scientific director of the French Land Data Centre (Theia).

Affiliations and Expertise

IRSTEA, France

Mehrez Zribi

Mehrez Zribi is Director of Research at CNRS/France. He received Ph.D. degree in 1998 from the University of Toulouse, France. Since October 2008, he has been with the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère, Toulouse. His research interests include land surface characterization for hydrology applications, remote sensing signal processing, and airborne microwave instrumentation. Mehrez Zribi has published 125 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has coordinated publication of 20 books about remote sensing for land surfaces. He serves as an editorial board member for several journals and coordinate several international and french research projects. He is deputy director of CESBIO laboratory.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Research, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

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