Remote Sensing of Ocean and Coastal Environments

Remote Sensing of Ocean and Coastal Environments

1st Edition - September 27, 2020

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  • Editors: Meenu Rani, Kaliraj Seenipandi, Sufia Rehman, Pavan Kumar, Haroon Sajjad
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231609
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196045

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Remote Sensing of Ocean and Coastal Environments advances the scientific understanding and application of technologies to address a variety of areas relating to sustainable development, including environmental systems analysis, environmental management, clean processes, green chemistry and green engineering. Through each contributed chapter, the book covers ocean remote sensing, ocean color monitoring, modeling biomass and the carbon of oceanic ecosystems, sea surface temperature (SST) and sea surface salinity, ocean monitoring for oil spills and pollutions, coastal erosion and accretion measurement. This book is aimed at those with a common interest in oceanography techniques, sustainable development and other diverse backgrounds within earth and ocean science fields. This book is ideal for academicians, scientists, environmentalists, meteorologists, environmental consultants and computing experts working in the areas of earth and ocean sciences.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of various ocean processes and their relative phenomena
  • Includes graphical abstract and photosets in each chapter
  • Presents literature reviews, case studies and applications


Earth observation community, which may include researchers, academics, university students and policy makers

Table of Contents

  • Section 1 Ocean and Coastal Environment - Definitions, Processes and Dynamics
    1. Ocean Remote sensing: Platforms, Sensors, Instruments, Data Products, and Processing Tools
    2. Remote Sensing for Ocean Dynamics - Algorithms, Models, Techniques, Applications
    3. Remote sensing of Ocean water properties
    4. Remote sensing of Ocean Surface and  Atmospheric Parameters
    5. Remote Sensing for Coastal Dynamics - Monitoring and Assessment

    Section 2 Remote sensing of Ocean Dynamics Measurements
    6. Satellite altimetry for wave height, shoaling and upwelling
    7. Space borne Scatterometer measurement of wind, wind stress and current
    8. Ocean color monitoring 
    9. Nutrient flux 
    10. Modeling Biomass and Carbon of Oceanic Ecosystems
    11. Ocean Water Turbidity
    12. Colored Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM)
    13. Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Sea surface salinity
    14. Ocean Heat flux and Head budget
    15. Fisheries and Phytoplankton (Chlorophyll-a) biomass

    Section 3 Remote Sensing for Ocean and Coastal Environment and Ecosystems
    16. Optical properties of coastal water 
    17. Suspended sediment concentration and transportation
    18. Coastal Environment monitoring and assessment (offshore, nearshore and backshore)
    19. Remote Sensing Techniques for Studying Coastal Ecosystems
    20. Coastal Ecosystems, Habitat Protection, and management (estuaries, backwater, mangroves, salt marshes, tidal flats, wetlands)
    21. Remote sensing for Wetland Dynamics
    22. Biomass and Carbon of Coastal water Ecosystems

    Section 4 Remote sensing for Ocean and Coastal Hazards and Vulnerability Management
    23. Ocean monitoring for Oil Spills and Pollutions
    24. Coastal erosion and accretion measurement 
    25. Shoreline change detection and assessment
    26. Coastal Hazards: flooding, sea level rise and storm surges
    27. Coastal vulnerability modelling of physical, environmental and habitats damages
    28. Seawater intrusion and groundwater contamination
    29. Coastal land use and land cover change impacts

    Section 5 Remote sensing for Ocean and Coastal Management and Development 
    30. Climate change on Ocean and Coastal Environment
    31. Ocean water pollution monitoring and assessment
    32. Spatio-temporal change of Coastal Area management
    33. Coastal Environment and Ecosystem conservation and management
    34. Coastal degradation monitoring and assessment
    35. Future challenges of Ocean and Coastal Management and Development

Product details

  • No. of pages: 426
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: September 27, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231609
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196045

About the Editors

Meenu Rani

Dr. Meenu Rani received her MTech degree in remote sensing from the Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, India. She is currently affiliated with the Department of Geography, Kumaun University, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. She has worked on remote-sensing applications as a junior research fellow at the Haryana Space Applications Centre, as a research associate on the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and at the G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development. Dr. Rani has authored and coauthored several peer-reviewed scientific research papers and presented work at many national and international conferences, including in the United States, Italy, and China. She has been awarded various fellowships from the International Association for Ecology, Future Earth Coasts, and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Scientific Research Programme. She was awarded an Early Career Scientist achievement in 2017 from Columbia University, New York, New York, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, Kumaun University, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India

Kaliraj Seenipandi

Dr. Kaliraj Seenipandi is a scientist at the Central Geomatics Laboratory, National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. He received his MSc in remote sensing and geoinformation technology with a first from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, and his MTech in geomatics from the Indian Institute of Surveying and Mapping, Survey of India, Hyderabad. He was awarded the DST-INSPIRE Fellowship (both JRF and SRF) for his PhD in remote sensingegeotechnology from the Centre for GeoTechnology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. He has specialized in remote sensing, geoinformatics, and GIS modeling of earth and environmental processes. He has published over 30 research papers in the earth and environment fields and more than 25 proceedings in national and international conferences. He was awarded the Young Scientist of the Year 2016 award by the International Foundation for Environment and Ecology, Kolkata, in association with the Confederation of Indian Universities, New Delhi, and the Green Technologist of the Year 2017 award by the Scientific and Environmental Research Institute, New Delhi, in association with the Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment, New Delhi. His research interests are in the fields of remote sensing, geoinformatics, GIS modeling, earth and environmental dynamics, coastal vulnerability assessment, and natural resource monitoring and management.

Affiliations and Expertise

scientist at the Central Geomatics Laboratory, National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

Sufia Rehman

Ms. Sufia Rehman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. She has completed her Bachelors in Geography and subsequently obtained her Master’s degree in Geography from Jamia Millia Islamia. She is a recipient of Gold medal in Master of Arts. She specialized in remote sensing and GIS and hydrological studies. Her area of interest includes coastal ecosystem conservation and management, climate change and disaster management. She has made a remarkable contribution in water related researches such as coastal landscape vulnerability and flood vulnerability. She has presented her research in national and international conferences. She has many research papers in Journals of International repute and book chapters to her credit. Ms. Rehman has been awarded many scholarships from various agencies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Pavan Kumar

Dr. Pavan Kumar is a Faculty of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, U.P., India. He obtained his Ph.D degrees from Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He did B.Sc. (Botany) and M.Sc. (Environmental Science) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and subsequently obtained Master’s degree in Remote Sensing (M.Tech) from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Ranchi, India. His current research interests include Climate Change and coastal studies. He is recipient of Innovation China National academy award for Remote Sensing. Dr. Kumar has published fifty research papers in international journals and authored a number of books. He has visited countries like USA, France, the Netherlands, Italy, China, Indonesia, Brazil and Malaysia for various academic/scientific assignments, workshop and conferences. Dr. Kumar is member of International Associations for Vegetation Science, USA and Institution of Geospatial and Remote Sensing, Malaysia.

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Horticulture and Forestry, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Haroon Sajjad

Prof. Haroon Sajjad is Professor in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. He obtained his B.Sc, M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D degrees all from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. His present research interests include environmental management, sustainable development, watershed management and applications of remote sensing and GIS. He has four books to his credit. He has published more than hundred research papers in journals of repute. Prof. Sajjad has presented fifty research papers at national and international conferences including at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, University of British Columbia, Canada, University of Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa, and University of Brighton, U.K. He has delivered invited talks at various universities. Ten doctoral degrees to the scholars have been awarded under his supervision. He has chaired academic sessions at various conferences. He is the reviewer of many scientific research journals and member of scientific bodies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Delhi, India

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  • Rafeeque Tue Aug 11 2020

    Emerging methods and applications of RS in ocean sicence

    Looking through the contents, this book might be a good contributor of new ideologies and methods to the emerging research areas of coastal and marine sciences with the application of fast growing remote sensing and spatial technologies.

  • Dr. P. Thu Aug 06 2020

    Appropriate title

    This book will enrich the application RS and GIS from the perspectives of coastal management with special emphasis on estuaries ecosystems. Changes and variation in nutrient flux and temperature variation will help in assessment of changes in food chain and food webs of marine environment.

  • Thasarathan N. Thu Jul 30 2020


    "Very important themes and interesting one sir. I think it's going to be a good research article book for future researchers. It will be helpful to those who are in the field of Remote Sensing based coastal related"

  • Thayalan Wed Jul 22 2020


    This book is one of the milestone in the field of applications of remote sensing for ocean and coastal environment. As per the contents, this book covers almost all part of approaches of remote sensing and GIS techniques for measuring and monitoring the ocean and coastal systems. The book may be very useful for research scholars and students worldwide.

  • Prashant G. Tue Jun 09 2020

    Awesome book for understanding ocean remote sensing

    The book will be pretty good and easy understanding about ocean remote sensing. How a technology based method of ocean remote sensing is helpful for the many environmental, earth Science studies as well as sustainable development in long term scale.