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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- 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.

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eBook $29.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • 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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