Visibility - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128044506, 9780128044971


1st Edition

The Seeing of Near and Distant Landscape Features

Authors: William Malm
eBook ISBN: 9780128044971
Paperback ISBN: 9780128044506
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 1st March 2016
Page Count: 350
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Visibility: The Seeing of Near and Distant Landscape Features reviews the science of visibility from how to measure it quantitatively to its impacts by one of the foremost experts in the field. Carefully designed pedagogy allows a diversity of readers, from regulators to researchers to use this book to further their understanding of the field.

Topics covered include the interaction of light with the atmosphere and aerosols, the transfer of light through the atmosphere especially as it relates to non-uniform haze layers, perception questions, including visibility metrics, image processing techniques for purposes of visually displaying effects of haze on scenic landscapes, visibility monitoring techniques, and the history of visibility regulatory development.

Key Features

  • Heavily illustrated to convey the concepts introduced, then followed by more mathematical coverage of the topic
  • Covers all aspects of visibility, including science, social, and regulatory
  • Expands traditional US only coverage of visibility and scenic to global


Environmental Scientists, Air management professionals, Environmental Protection professionals, Landscape Preservation professionals, policy makers

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. On the Nature of Light
3. How the Transfer of Light (Radiation) Through the Atmosphere Affects Visibility
4. Visibility Metrics
5. Human Perception of Haze and Landscape Features
6. Image Processing Techniques for Displaying Haze Effects on Landscape Features
7. Monitoring Visibility
8. A Brief History of Visibility as an Esthetic Concern


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About the Author

William Malm

Dr. William C Malm is a highly regarded research scientist/scholar at Colorado State University’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). Previously he was at the National Park Service Air Resources Division where he was program coordinator for the visibility/particulate research and monitoring program. Prior to that, he worked as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research scientist and as a Professor of Environmental Science at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

He is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). He has served as an organizing chair for special sessions in each of these associations and as a guest editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR) and the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (JAWMA). He is also a topic editor for environmental monitoring for the Encyclopedia of Earth

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist & Scholar, National Park Service - Colarado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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