This concise guide takes a step by step approach to planning and executing field work associated with many different types of remote sensing projects. Remote sensing texts and research reports typically focus on data-analytic techniques while offering a dearth of information on procedures followed in the field. In contrast, this book provides clear recommendations for defining field work objectives, devising a valid sampling plan, finding locations using GPS, and selecting and using effective measurement techniques for field reflectance spectra and for studies of vegetation, soils, water, and urban areas. Appendices feature sample field note forms, an extensive bibliography on advanced and specialized methods, and online metadata sources.
"Until now, there have been few and limited attempts to address the critical issue of field methods in remote sensing. This text is a welcome and needed addition to the field. It speaks to this gap in the literature of both remote sensing pedagogy and research methodology. Students and professionals alike should find its guidelines, bibliography, and sample field note forms most useful. I intend to use the text in my courses in advanced remote sensing and digital image analysis, for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, respectively."--Floyd M. Henderson, Department of Geography, University at Albany, The State University of New York
"It is strange that no comprehensive publication on this important subject has appeared until now. Professionals and students will be indebted to McCoy for his explanations in plain English of the ins and outs of conducting field work for remote sensing projects, based on his years of practical experience. The book covers all areas of