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Remote sensing and geographical information science (GIS) have advanced considerably in recent years. However, the potential of remote sensing and GIS within the environmental sciences is limited by uncertainty, especially in connection with the data sets and methods used. In many studies, the issue of uncertainty has been incompletely addressed. The situation has arisen in part from a lack of appreciation of uncertainty and the problems it can cause as well as of the techniques that may be used to accommodate it.
This book provides general overviews on uncertainty in remote sensing and GIS that illustrate the range of uncertainties that may occur, in addition to describing the means of measuring uncertainty and the impacts of uncertainty on analyses and interpretations made.
List of Contributors. Foreword. Preface. Uncertainty in Remote Sensing and GIS: Fundamentals (P. M. Atkinson and G. M. Foody). Uncertainty in Remote Sensing (C. E. Woodcock). Toward a Comprehensive View of Uncertainty in Remote Sensing Analysis (J. L. Dungan). On the Ambiguity Induced by a Remote Sensor s PSF (J. F. Manslow and M. S. Nixon) . Pixel Unmixing at the Sub pixel Scale Based on Land Cover Class Probabilities: Application to Urban Areas (Q. Zhan, M. Molenaar and A. Lucieer). Super resolution Land Cover Mapping from Remotely Sensed Imagery using a Hopfield Neural Network (A. J. Tatem, H. G. Lewis, P. M. Atkinson and M. S. Nixon). Uncertainty in Land Cover Mapping from Remotely Sensed Data using Textural Algorithms and Artificial Neural Networks (A. M. Jakomulska and J. P. Radomski). Remote Monitoring of the Impact of ENSO related Drought on Sabah Rainforest using NOAA AVHRR Middle Infrared Reflectance: Exploring Emissivity Uncertainty (D. S. Boyd, P. C. Phipps, W. J. Duane and G. M. Foody). Land Cover Map 2000 and Meta data at the Land Parcel Level (G. M. Smith and R. M. F uller). Analysing Uncertainty Propagation in GIS: Why is it not that Simple? (G. B.M. Heuvelink). Managing uncertainty in a Geospatial Model of Biodiversity (A. J. Warren, M. J. Collins, E. A. Johnson and P. F. Ehlers). The Effects of Uncertainty in Deposition Data on Predicting Exceedances of Acidity Critical Loads for Sensitive UK Ecosystems (E. Heywood, J. R. Hall and R. A. Wadsworth). Vertical and Horizontal Spatial Variation of Geostatistical Prediction (A. Wameling). Geostatistical Prediction and Simulation of the Lateral and Vertical Extent of Soil Horizons (B. Warr, I. O. A. Odeh and M. A. Oliver). Increasing the Accuracy of Predictions of Monthly Precipitation in Great Britain using Kriging with an External Drift (C. D. Lloyd). Conditional Simulation Applied to Uncertainty Assessment in DTMs (J. Senegas, M. Schmitt and P. Nonin). Current Status of Uncertainty Issues in Remote Sensing and GIS (G. M. Foody and P. M. Atkinson). Index.