Watching Earth from Space 

Watching Earth from Space pdf

Book Description:

Are satellites a threat to individual privacy? -How bad is climate change and global warming? Why can we not find Osama bin Laden? -Does the world have enough fresh water? Observing Earth from Space provides answers to these and many other pressing questions of the day. This is the story of how our planet is being monitored by hundreds of space-borne instruments for both military and peaceful reasons. It highlights the technical challenges of those instruments and describes the agencies that gather useful information from them. But as well as all the essential monitoring performed by satellites-such as mapping natural or man-made disasters, agricultural performances, weather, and climate change, to name a few-there is a growing swell of public opinion that governments are using them to erode personal privacy and freedom. This book looks at the possible conflict between public good and market forces and the future development of new systems to deal with unique needs.

Table of contents :

Front Matter….Pages i-xx
The threat of satellite images….Pages 1-21
Weather satellites….Pages 23-44
Climate change….Pages 45-72
Commercial surveillance: mapping on a large scale….Pages 73-109
Society and survival….Pages 111-129
Where am I? Where are they?….Pages 131-144
Monitoring nuclear weapons 1 ….Pages 145-187
Military imaging satellites: long-range intelligence….Pages 189-232
Military radio surveillance from space….Pages 233-260
The future….Pages 261-262
Back Matter….Pages 263-284

 

Watching Earth from Space: How Surveillance Helps Us — and Harms Us PDF

Author(s): Pat Norris (auth.)

Series: Springer Praxis Books – Space Exploration

Publisher: Praxis, Year: 2010

ISBN: 1441969373,9781441969378


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