EnggLib1′s Newly Acquired Books as of August 15, 2016


Remote sensing of coastal environments

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Editor Yeqiao Wang
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

As coastal environments around the world face unprecedented natural and anthropogenic threats, advancements in the technologies that support geospatial data acquisition, imaging, and computing have profoundly enhanced monitoring capabilities in coastal studies. Providing systematic treatment of the key developments, Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments brings together renowned scholars to supply a clear presentation of the state-of-the-art in this technically complex arena.

Edited by a recipient of the prestigious PECASE award, this book provides unrivaled coverage of the issues unique to coastal environments. It presents the best available data for measuring and monitoring coastal zones and explains how decision makers and resource managers can use this data to address contemporary issues in coastal zone management. The text illustrates the latest developments in active remote sensing, hyperspectral remote sensing, high spatial resolution remote sensing, the integration of remote sensing and in situ data, and covers the effects of land-cover and land-use change on coastal environments.

Complete with representative case studies, this authoritative resource provides a timely snapshot of the wide range of remote sensing applications in coastal issues to enhance the understanding of how increasing disturbances to our coastal regions are affecting the ecological dynamics, biological diversity, and ecosystem health of our coastal environments.

Fundamentals of satellite remote sensing

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Ayin Tamondong ( GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Author Emilio Chuvieco
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

An extensive review of remote sensing principles with an emphasis on environmental applications, Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing discusses a wide range of topics, from physical principles to data acquisition systems and on to visual and digital interpretation techniques. The text focuses on the interpretation and analysis of remote sensing images and how they improve our understanding of environmental processes and their interaction with human activities.

The authors discuss new interpretation approaches, including hyperspectral analysis, high-spatial resolution data, and radiative transfer models. The presentation includes an analysis of accuracy assessment methods and demonstrates how to integrate remote sensing results with geographic information systems. It also covers recent missions, such as Terra-Aqua, Envisat, Ikonos-Quickbird-Geoeye and SPOT-5, as well as LIDAR and interpherometric radar.

The discussion of visual criteria to extract interpretation from satellite images emphasizes differences and similarities with conventional photo-interpretation techniques. A chapter on accuracy assessment and the connection between remote sensing and geographic information systems helps readers extend the interpretation of satellite images to a more operational, applications-oriented framework.

Classification methods for remotely sensed data

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Authors Brandt Tso, Paul M. Mather
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press

Since the publishing of the first edition of Classification Methods for Remotely Sensed Data in 2001, the field of pattern recognition has expanded in many new directions that make use of new technologies to capture data and more powerful computers to mine and process it. What seemed visionary but a decade ago is now being put to use and refined in commercial applications as well as military ones.

Keeping abreast of these new developments, Classification Methods for Remotely Sensed Data, Second Edition provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the entire field of classification methods applied to remotely sensed data. This second edition provides seven fully revised chapters and two new chapters covering support vector machines (SVM) and decision trees. It includes updated discussions and descriptions of Earth observation missions along with updated bibliographic references. After an introduction to the basics, the text provides a detailed discussion of different approaches to image classification, including maximum likelihood, fuzzy sets, and artificial neural networks.

This cutting-edge resource:

Presents a number of approaches to solving the problem of allocation of data to one of several classes
Covers potential approaches to the use of decision trees
Describes developments such as boosting and random forest generation
Reviews lopping branches that do not contribute to the effectiveness of the decision trees
Complete with detailed comparisons, experimental results, and discussions for each classification method introduced, this book will bolster the work of researchers and developers by giving them access to new developments. It also provides students with a solid foundation in remote sensing data classification methods.

Recent advances in remote sensing and geoinformation processing for land degradation assessment

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Editors Achim Roder & Joachim Hill
Place of Publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press/Balkema

Land degradation and desertification are amongst the most severe threats to human welfare and the environment, as they affect the livelihoods of some 2 billion people in the world’s drylands, and they are directly connected to pressing global environmental problems, such as the loss of biological diversity or global climate change. Strategies to combat these processes and mitigate their effects at the land-management and policy level require spatially explicit, up-to-date information, which can be provided based on remote sensing data and using geoinformation processing techniques.

Recent Advances in Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Processing for Land Degradation Assessment introduces the current state of the art in this field and provides an overview of both conceptual and technological advances of the recent past. With a specific focus on desertification and land degradation, the volume covers the assessment of related biophysical indicators, as well as complementary qualitative information at different spatial and temporal scales. It is shown how remote sensing data may be utilized in the context of assessing and monitoring affected ecosystems and how this information may be assimilated into integrated interpretation and modelling concepts. In addition, different case studies are provided to demonstrate the implementation of these methods in the frame of different local settings.

The volume will be of interest to scientists and students working at the interface of ecosystem services, land degradation/desertification, spatial ecology, remote sensing and spatial modelling, as well as to land managers and policy makers.

Modelling urban development with geographical information systems and cellular automata

Recommending faculty: Dr. (GE 160, GIM 175, GmE 222)

Authoor Yan Liu
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press

Urban development and migration from rural to urban areas are impacting prime agricultural land and natural landscapes, particularly in the less developed countries. These phenomena will persist and require serious study by those monitoring global environmental change. To address this need, various models have been devised to analyze urbanization and the physical, socioeconomic, and institutional factors impacting urban development.

The most promising and rapidly developing of these paradigms take advantage of new Geographical Information System (GIS) technology. Modelling Urban Development with Geographical Information Systems and Cellular Automata presents one such cutting-edge model that is more than just predictive. It describes how the model simulates the urbanization process, and it provides theoretical context to promote understanding. Starting with a practical overview of the modelling techniques used in urban development research, the author focuses on the cellular automata model and its greatest strength – the incorporation of fuzzy set and fuzzy logic approaches through which urban development can be viewed as a spatially and temporally continuous process.

Real-Life Application to Develop Future Planning Methods
The text describes a landmark study underway, in which the fuzzy constrained cellular automata model has been implemented in a GIS environment to simulate urban development in Sydney, Australia. Featuring a survey of associated research and a geographical database for the Sydney simulation, this book answers many general “what if” questions for urban planners and details a new approach that they can adapt to their own testing and evaluation needs. This modeling method will provide researchers and planners with the means to not just predict population trends, but to better prepare for their consequences.

Spatial epidemiological approaches in disease mapping and analysis

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez (GE 128, GmE 221)

Author Poh-Chin Lai, Fun-Mun So, Ka-Wing Chan
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2009]
Publisher CRC Press

Containing method descriptions and step-by-step procedures, the Spatial Epidemiological Approaches in Disease Mapping and Analysis equips readers with skills to prepare health-related data in the proper format, process these data using relevant functions and software, and display the results as mapped or statistical summaries. Describing the wide range of available methods and key GIS concepts for spatial epidemiology, this book illustrates the utilities of the software using real-world data. Additional topics include geographic data models, address matching, geostatistical analysis, universal kriging, point pattern analysis, kernel density, spatio-temporal display, and disease surveillance.

Microwave propagation and remote sensing : atmospheric influences with models and applications

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco,Prof. Ayin Tamondong ()

Author Pranab Kumar Karmakar
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2012]
Publisher CRC Press

Because prevailing atmospheric/troposcopic conditions greatly influence radio wave propagation above 10 GHz, the unguided propagation of microwaves in the neutral atmosphere can directly impact many vital applications in science and engineering. These include transmission of intelligence, and radar and radiometric applications used to probe the atmosphere, among others.

Where most books address either one or the other, Microwave Propagation and Remote Sensing: Atmospheric Influences with Models and Applications melds coverage of these two subjects to help readers develop solutions to the problems they present. This reference offers a brief, elementary account of microwave propagation through the atmosphere and discusses radiometric applications in the microwave band used to characterize and model atmospheric constituents, which is also known as remote sensing.

Summarizing the latest research results in the field, as well as radiometric models and measurement methods, this book covers topics including:

Free space propagation
Reflection, interference, polarization, and other key aspects of electromagnetic wave propagation
Radio refraction and its effects on propagation delay
Methodology of estimating water vapor attenuation using radiosonde data
Knowledge of rain structures and use of climatological patterns to estimate/measure attenuation of rain, snow, fog, and
other prevalent atmospheric particles and human-made substances
Dual/multifrequency methodology to deal with the influence of clouds on radiometric attenuation
Deployment of microwaves to ascertain various tropospheric conditions
Composition and characteristics of the troposphere, to help readers fully understand microwave propagation
Derived parameters of water, free space propagation, and conditions and variable constituents such as water vapor and
vapor pressure, density, and ray bending

Airborne and terrestrial laser scanning

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco,Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez,Prof. Ayin Tamondong ( GE 12)

Editors George Vosselman, Hans-Gerd Maas
Place of Publication Dunbeath, Scotland, UK
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher Whittles Publishing

Written by a team of international experts, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the major applications of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning. It focuses on principles and methods and presents an integrated treatment of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning technology. After consideration of the technology and processing methods, the book turns to applications, such as engineering, forestry, cultural heritage, extraction of 3D building models, and mobile mapping. This book brings together the various facets of the subject in a coherent text that will be relevant for advanced students, academics and practitioners.

GPS for land surveyors

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 10, 119, GmE 242, 243)

Author Jan Van Sickle
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher CRC Press

Since the last edition of this international bestseller, GPS has grown to become part of a larger international context, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Both GPS and GNSS technologies are becoming ever more important in the everyday practice of survey and mappers. With GPS for Land Surveyors, Third Edition, a book written by a land surveyor, for land surveyors, you can stay in the know on the latest GPS techniques, technologies, codes, and signals.

What’s New to the Third Edition?

Sections on Real-Time Network Services, Block IIF, and control segment modernization
GPS code, such as the M-code, L1C, and L2C
An entire chapter dedicated to GNSS
Discussion of the Russian GLONASS system, the Chinese Beidou system, and the Japanese QZSS
From fundamental theory to practical application and advanced technologies, the book covers GPS without pages of complicated math. It demonstrates the basics of GPS technology, common hardware, surveying methods, survey design, planning, and observation. Additionally, each chapter includes helpful review questions and answers. GPS and GNSS are revolutionizing the practice of surveying and mapping. This user-friendly manual gives you the tools needed to understand and use these important technologies in everyday practice.

Hyperspectral remote sensing of tropical and sub-tropical forests

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (GE 179, 212, GmE 202, 232)

Editors Margaret Kalacska, G. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher CRC Press

While frequently used in temperate environments, hyperspectral sensors and data are still a novelty in the tropics. Exploring the potential of hyperspectral remote sensing for assessing ecosystem characteristics, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests focuses on the complex and unique set of challenges involved in using this technology and the data it provides.

Special Features

A CD-ROM including hyperspectral color images
Coverage of in situ spectroscopy, airborne and satellite-based remote sensing, and fusion with other forms of data such
as LiDAR
Peer-reviewed chapters that highlight the most innovative achievements
Discussion of the potential of hyperspectral remote sensing to provide tools for assessing ecosystem characteristics at
various spatial and temporal scales
Experts from Diverse Backgrounds Share Their Successes

The book explores a range of analysis techniques, including hyperspectral reflectance indices, spectral mixture analysis, pattern classification, band selection, partial least-squares, linear discriminant analysis, and radiative transfer models. The chapter authors present a comprehensive review of the current status and innovative achievements in the field, citing approximately six hundred studies. As illustrated by the diverse backgrounds of the contributors, the most successful use of hyperspectral data requires a multidisciplinary approach spanning a wide range of fields.

Go Beyond the Basics to Actual Application

Although it begins by touching on the basics, this book is not a tutorial in remote sensing, but a reference that illustrates the potential applications and analysis techniques that can be used when facing the unique challenge of working in the tropics. It presents real-world examples and a suite of analysis techniques for using hyperspectral remote sensing in complex and diverse regions.

Hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation

Recommending faculty: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco,Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202, 232)

Editors Prasad S. Thenkabail, John G. Lyon, Alfredo Huete
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2012]
Publisher CRC Press

Hyperspectral narrow-band (or imaging spectroscopy) spectral data are fast emerging as practical solutions in modeling and mapping vegetation. Recent research has demonstrated the advances in and merit of hyperspectral data in a range of applications including quantifying agricultural crops, modeling forest canopy biochemical properties, detecting crop stress and disease, mapping leaf chlorophyll content as it influences crop production, identifying plants affected by contaminants such as arsenic, demonstrating sensitivity to plant nitrogen content, classifying vegetation species and type, characterizing wetlands, and mapping invasive species. The need for significant improvements in quantifying, modeling, and mapping plant chemical, physical, and water properties is more critical than ever before to reduce uncertainties in our understanding of the Earth and to better sustain it. There is also a need for a synthesis of the vast knowledge spread throughout the literature from more than 40 years of research.

Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation integrates this knowledge, guiding readers to harness the capabilities of the most recent advances in applying hyperspectral remote sensing technology to the study of terrestrial vegetation. Taking a practical approach to a complex subject, the book demonstrates the experience, utility, methods and models used in studying vegetation using hyperspectral data. Written by leading experts, including pioneers in the field, each chapter presents specific applications, reviews existing state-of-the-art knowledge, highlights the advances made, and provides guidance for the appropriate use of hyperspectral data in the study of vegetation as well as its numerous applications, such as crop yield modeling, crop and vegetation biophysical and biochemical property characterization, and crop moisture assessment.

This comprehensive book brings together the best global expertise on hyperspectral remote sensing of agriculture, crop water use, plant species detection, vegetation classification, biophysical and biochemical modeling, crop productivity and water productivity mapping, and modeling. It provides the pertinent facts, synthesizing findings so that readers can get the correct picture on issues such as the best wavebands for their practical applications, methods of analysis using whole spectra, hyperspectral vegetation indices targeted to study specific biophysical and biochemical quantities, and methods for detecting parameters such as crop moisture variability, chlorophyll content, and stress levels. A collective “knowledge bank,” it guides professionals to adopt the best practices for their own work.

Image analysis, classification, and change detection in remote sensing : with algorithms for ENVI/IDL, 2nd Ed.

Recommending faculty: Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez,Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GE 179, 212, GmE 202)

Author Morton J. Canty
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

Demonstrating the breadth and depth of growth in the field since the publication of the popular first edition, Image Analysis, Classification and Change Detection in Remote Sensing, with Algorithms for ENVI/IDL, Second Edition has been updated and expanded to keep pace with the latest versions of the ENVI software environment. Effectively interweaving theory, algorithms, and computer codes, the text supplies an accessible introduction to the techniques used in the processing of remotely sensed imagery.

This significantly expanded edition presents numerous image analysis examples and algorithms, all illustrated in the array-oriented language IDL―allowing readers to plug the illustrations and applications covered in the text directly into the ENVI system―in a completely transparent fashion. Revised chapters on image arrays, linear algebra, and statistics convey the required foundation, while updated chapters detail kernel methods for principal component analysis, kernel-based clustering, and classification with support vector machines.

Additions to this edition include:

An introduction to mutual information and entropy
Algorithms and code for image segmentation
In-depth treatment of ensemble classification (adaptive boosting )
Improved IDL code for all ENVI extensions, with routines that can take advantage of the parallel computational power of
modern graphics processors
Code that runs on all versions of the ENVI/IDL software environment from ENVI 4.1 up to the present―available on the
author’s website
Many new end-of-chapter exercises and programming projects
With its numerous programming examples in IDL and many applications supporting ENVI, such as data fusion, statistical change detection, clustering and supervised classification with neural networks―all available as downloadable source code―this self-contained text is ideal for classroom use or self study.

Datums and map projections for remote sensing, GIS and surveying, 2nd ed.

Recommending faculty: Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzalez (GE 160, GIM 175, GmE 222)

Authors Jonathan C. Iliffe, Roger Lott
Place of Publication Dunbeath, Scotland, UK
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher Whittles Publishing

Over the years since its first appearance, “datums and map projections” has become a key book for many students and professionals around the world. Its theme – a practical guide to coordinate reference systems – is as important now as when it was first published, probably more so when we consider the ever growing use of satellite navigation systems and the introduction of web mapping services such as google earth.while retaining the benefits of the first edition – clear presentation assuming no prior knowledge, a problem-solving approach, practical examples and the combination of gps-derived data with data from other sources – the rewritten and expanded second edition offers very much more: a different structure to give a better grouping of common themes; greater scope to cover all possible different types of coordinate reference system that are used in mapping and related areas; more examples and case studies from around the world; adoption of the terminology of the iso 19111 standard (spatial referencing by coordinates); and use of colour illustrations. This remains a vital text for students and practitioners in all areas of geomatics – surveying, remote sensing, gis, gps – and much more. Its accessible nature also makes it suitable for anyone with an interest in the subject and its applications.

Imaging with synthetic aperture radar

Recommending faculty: Prof. Anjillyn Mae Perez, Prof. Ayin Tamondong (GmE 230)

Authors Didier Massonnet & Jean-Claude Souyris
Place of Publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Date of Publication [2008]
Publisher EPFL Press

Describing a field that has been transformed by the recent availability of data from a new generation of space and airborne systems, the authors offer a synthetic geometrical approach to the description of synthetic aperture radar, one that addresses physicists, radar specialists, as well as experts in image processing.

Handbook of spatial statistics

Recommending faculty: Dr. ()

Editor Alan E. Gelfand … [et al.]
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication [2010]
Publisher CRC Press

Assembling a collection of very prominent researchers in the field, the Handbook of Spatial Statistics presents a comprehensive treatment of both classical and state-of-the-art aspects of this maturing area. It takes a unified, integrated approach to the material, providing cross-references among chapters.

The handbook begins with a historical introduction detailing the evolution of the field. It then focuses on the three main branches of spatial statistics: continuous spatial variation (point referenced data); discrete spatial variation, including lattice and areal unit data; and spatial point patterns. The book also contains a section on space–time work as well as a section on important topics that build upon earlier chapters.

By collecting the major work in the field in one source, along with including an extensive bibliography, this handbook will assist future research efforts. It deftly balances theory and application, strongly emphasizes modeling, and introduces many real data analysis examples.

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