Inversion Problems in Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing I and II. Preface. Information content and optimisation of high spectral resolution remote measurements (C.D. Rodgers). Determination of atmospheric and surface parameters from simulated AIRS/AMSU/HSB sounding data: retrieval and cloud clearing methodology (J. Susskind et al. ). Nonlinear retrievals of water vapour from the UARS microwave limb sounder (MLS) (H.C. Pumphrey). Improved technique for data inversion and its application to the retrieval algorithm for ADEOS/ILAS (O. Dubovik et al. ). Remote sensing of planetary atmospheres: Venus (F.W. Taylor). On remote sensing of water clouds from space (A.A. Kokhanovsky, E.P. Zege). Application of inversion theory for image analysis and classification (K. Arai). Simultaneous remote sensing of aerosol optical depth and surface reflectivity-principle and numerical simulation (D. Lu et al. ). Satellite Monitoring and Assessment of Natural Hazards. Preface. Strong earthquake prediction possibility with the help of topside sounding from satellites (S.A. Pulinets). Unzen volcano from 1990 to 1995 observed by satellite (S. Tanaka et al. ). Landslide characterisation in Canada using interferometric SAR and combined SAR and TM images (V. Singhroy et al. ). Application of SAR data to monitoring earth surface changes and displacement (H. Ohkura). Monitoring the development of active lava domes using data from the ERS-1 along track scanning radiometer (M.J. Wooster et al. ). Southern Africa's recent droughts from space (L.S. Unganai, F.N. Kogan). Earthquake precursors in magnetically conjugated ionosphere regions (Yu. Ya. Ruzhin et al. ).