Space Exploration

Watching Earth from Space

How Surveillance Helps Us -- and Harms Us

Authors: Norris, Pat

  • Explains the power, limitations, and possible threats posed by satellite imagery
  • Recounts the politics, economics, and science driving the growth of imaging from space
  • Shows how the effects of global warming and climate change are revealed by imaging satellites
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About this book

- Are satellites a threat to individual privacy? - How bad is climate change and global warming? - Why can we not find Osama bin Laden? - Does the world have enough fresh water? Watching Earth from Space gives you the answers to these and many other burning questions of the day. This is the story of how our planet is being monitored by hundreds of space-borne instruments for both military and peaceful reasons. It highlights the technical challenges of those instruments and describes the agencies that gather useful information from them. But as well as all the essential monitoring performed by satellites - such as mapping natural or man-made disasters, agricultural performances, weather, and climate change to name a few - there is a growing swell of public opinion that they are being used by governments to erode personal privacy and freedom. This book looks at the possible conflict between public good and market forces, and the future development of new systems to deal with new needs.

About the authors

Watching Earth from Space derives from the author’s unique experience of being part of the team that developed Europe’s first and Japan’s latest generations of weather satellites, of using satellite images to monitor the UK potato and sugar beet crops, and helping to define the use of satellites to monitor global change and prevent nuclear war. Pat Norris’s direct access to politicians, civil servants, technologists, and both military and civilian users of space images worldwide has also proved essential to the accuracy of the story told in this book. This book is the natural successor to Pat Norris’s book on the origins of spy satellites: Spies in the Sky (Springer-Praxis, 2008), which told the story of the first military satellites to monitor the Earth.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“I thought this book would be more about the pros and cons and geeky details of surveillance. Instead, it is mostly filled with technical details about digital photography and satellite construction and deployment. There are also a lot of details about public policy regarding surveillance and land use. This is a great reference book … .” (Valerie Neer, Goodreads, June, 2011)

“This book was very interesting and very descriptive and detailed. … I did learn some very amazing facts about the surveillance from outer space. … I would like to thank the author Pat Norris and the co- authors for creating such a factual and descriptive book about what really happens above us. I learned alot about the survalliance of cameras and satellites … .” (Morgan Janicke, Goodreads, June, 2011)

“It read much like a textbook. I found a lot of the basic conceptual information very interesting … . this information is probably very useful to people who work in communications or with satellite systems … . The book addresses a number of situations in which satellites are employed such as monitoring global warming, commercial imaging, and radio signal detection. … The book might have been worth reading just for that information … .” (James, Goodreads, June, 2011)

“This volume is truly an eye-opener. Pat Norris has written this easy-to-read and fact-packed book, one that underscores the vital monitoring of our planet for a variety of purposes. … Furthermore, this book delves into the possible clash between public good and market forces, as well as future development of systems to deal with emerging needs. … Thanks to the author’s access to technologists, military and civil users around the globe, including politicians and civil servants … .” (Leonard David, Coalition for Space Exploration, July, 2011)


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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6937-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Watching Earth from Space
Book Subtitle
How Surveillance Helps Us -- and Harms Us
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6938-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6938-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6937-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 284
Additional Information
jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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