Earth Observation of Global Change: The Role of Satellite Remote Sensing in Monitoring the Global Environment
In "Earth Observation of Global Change," we delve into the critical aspects of monitoring and understanding the complex phenomenon of global warming and climate change through satellite remote sensing technology. This book is a compilation of insights from leading experts, offering an in-depth exploration of international efforts, the latest NASA missions, and the role of various space agencies in observing our changing world. The book kicks off with an examination of International Efforts on Global Change Research, authored by Beatriz Alonso and Fernando Valladares. It highlights the urgency and global collaboration needed to address the climate crisis and the 10 causes of global warming. The authors also discuss the concept of global warming, its meaning, and implications for our planet. Chapter 2, "NASA Earth Observation Satellite Missions for Global Change Research" by Emilio Chuvieco and Chris Justice, delves into how satellite remote sensing technology has revolutionized the study of global warming. It also delves into the debate surrounding the causes of global warming, emphasizing the role of remote sensing in understanding this phenomenon. The Role of the European Space Agency in Global Change Observations is the focus of Chapter 3, penned by Olivier Arino. This section emphasizes the global climate change and global warming trends, while also discussing the practical applications of remote sensing and GIS in addressing these issues. Chapter 4, "Ozone in the Atmosphere" by Abel Calle and Jose Luis Casanova, sheds light on the role of ozone in global warming and the climate crisis. It also addresses the concerns regarding rising ocean temperatures and their impact on the environment. "Remote Sensing of Land-Cover and Land-Use Dynamics" is covered in Chapter 5 by Philippe Mayaux, Hugh Eva, Andreas Brink, Frédéric Achard, and Alan Belward. The chapter details how remote sensing and GIS technology can be utilized in the context of the global warming crisis and the need for global climate action. Biomass burning is explored in Chapter 6, "Satellite Observation of Biomass Burning," authored by Emilio Chuvieco. This section focuses on the global warming changes due to human activities and the urgent necessity to fight global warming. Chapters 7 to 9 delve into various aspects of remote sensing, including satellites' observations of oceans, surface waters, terrestrial snow, and ice, all of which are crucial in monitoring and addressing global warming, climate change, and the climate crisis. Richard Kelly and Dorothy K Hall, among others, contribute their expertise to these chapters. "Earth Observation of Global Change" is a comprehensive resource that underscores the significance of satellite remote sensing in combating global warming, global climate change, and their far-reaching consequences. The book serves as an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in understanding, preventing, and mitigating the impacts of global warming and climate change.