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Remote Sensing and Climate Change: The Role of Earth Observation

By: AP Cracknell


Paperback | Dec 2001 | #119005 | ISBN: 1852333219
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Much of the evidence related to climate change is concerned with data from particular locations or small areas. However data captured from remote sensing systems in space and covering the whole earth can yield evidence of climate change from extensive areas. In this book international experts consider the potential value of such data addressing the problem of calibration to ensure that detected changes do not arise from drift in the calibration of the instrument or changes in the calibration coefficients from one model to another in a series of nominally identical modes. There will be some consideration of large international projects devoted to the study of cloud climatology from the archived meteorological satellite data and also of vegetation indices derived from the global sets, principally the AVHRR. The related question of the use of archived satellite data to improve the specification of surface conditions, particularly of vegetated land areas in global climate models will also be considered. This book ends with a discussion of the future role of satellite data, including data from new high-resolution instruments that are expected to be launched in the near future.


Preface.- List of Contributors.- 1. Background (A P Cracknell).- 2. Global climate change. Socio-economic aspects of the problem (K Ya Kondratyev and A P Cracknell).- 3. Satellite climatology - current and future European systems (R A vaughan).- 4. Atmosphereic data assimilation (A O' Neill).- 5. Land cover datasets derived from Earth observation systems for global change science (A Belward).- 6. Calibration of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (C R Nagarajao Rao and J T sullivan).- 7. Long-term global climate datasets from operational satellites (G Ohring).- 8. Validation of climate model outputs (J Palutikof).- 9. Cooling off on global warming - the continuing debate (R A Vaughan).- 10. International co-operation - a prerequisite for global environmental observations (A Belward).- 11. Global dataset creation - experience of the IGBP DISCover project (A Belward).- 12. A policy context for global environmental information systems (A Belward).- 13. ENVISAT - the mission (S Wilson).- 14. Supercomputing for the masses - SETIHome project (C P cracknell).- 15. Earth-observing systems and model-simulated datasets for climate study (V Djepa, R A Vaughan, M Menenti).- References.- Index.

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