Task Your task is to identify application domains for remote sensing. Read Campbell (2011) and a series of articles published in Progress in Physical Geography to list the Earth systems that have been observed by satellite and airborne systems.
Application Domains Source: Campbell JB and Wynne RH, 2011. Applications, Part IV in Introduction to Remote Sensing. Chichester: Wiley. 5th edition.
Remote Sensing in Physical Geography
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Source: Boyd D and others, 2009. Progress in Physical Geography, Special Issue August, 451-582. URL last accessed 16-10-2011.

Your task is to collate and synthesise information from case studies of remote sensing applications. Analyse a selection of case studies - preferably some from domains that you are familiar with and others from less familiar domains. For each case study make notes on the following details:

  • Aim
  • Data requirements - spatial scale, temporal frequency
  • Role of remote sensing - including satellites and sensors used
  • Methods
  • Main results
Volcanological Applications Source: Oppenheimer C, 1998. Review article: volcanological applications of meteorological satellites, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 19, 2829-2864.
Mapping Recent Lava Flows
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Source: Lu Z, Rykhus R, Masterlark T and Dean KG, 2004. Mapping recent lava flows at Westdahl Volcano, Alaska, using radar and optical satellite imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment, 91, 345–353.
Mapping Volcano Topography
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Source: Stevens NF, Garbeil H and Mouginis-Mark PJ, 2004. NASA EOS Terra ASTER: Volcanic topographic mapping and capability, Remote Sensing of Environment, 90, 405–414.
Lithologic Mapping
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Source: Rowan LC and Mars JC, 2003. Lithologic mapping in the Mountain Pass, California area using Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 84, 350–366.
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Source: Bryant R and Rainey MP, 2002. Investigation of flood inundation on playas within the Zone of Chotts, using a time-series of AVHRR, Remote Sensing of Environment, 82, 360–375.
Grasslands Source: Price KP, Crooks TJ and Martinko EA, 2001. Grasslands across time and scale: a remote sensing perspective, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 67.
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Source: Dube OP and Pickup G, 2001. Effects of rainfall variability and communal and semi-commercial grazing on land cover in southern African rangelands, Climate Research, 17, 195–208.
Fires Impacts on Savannas and Forests
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Source: Bucini G and Lambin EF, 2002. Fire impacts on vegetation in Central Africa: a remote-sensing-based statistical analysis, Applied Geography, 22, 27–48.
Remote Sensing of Biomass Burning
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Source: Fuller DO, 2000. Satellite remote sensing of biomass burning with optical and thermal sensors, Progress in Physical Geography, 24, 4, 543–561.

Assessing Fuel Loads
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Source: Rolf A, Goodwin N and Merton RN, 2005. Assessing fuel loads using remote sensing, Report to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Sydney, Australia. URL last accessed 3-10-2007.

Global Fire Activity
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Source: Dwyer E, Pereira JMC, Gre´goire J-M and DaCamara CC, 1999. Characterization of the spatio-temporal patterns of global fire activity using satellite imagery for the period April 1992 to March 1993, Journal of Biogeography, 27, 57–69.
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Source: Millington AC, Velez-Liendo XM and Bradley AV, 2003. Scale dependence in multitemporal mapping of forest fragmentation in Bolivia: implications for explaining temporal trends in landscape ecology and applications to biodiversity conservation, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, 57, 289– 299.
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Source: Stow DA, Hope A, McGuire D, Verbyla D, Gamond J, Huemmrich F, Houston S, Racine C, Sturm M, Tapeh K, Hinzman L, Yoshikawa J, Tweedie C, Noyle B, Silapaswan C, Douglas D, Griffith B, Jiao G, Epstein H, Walker D, Daeschner S, Petersen A, Zhou L and Myneni R, 2004. Remote sensing of vegetation and land-cover change in Arctic tundra ecosystems, Remote Sensing of Environment, 89, 281–308.
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Source: Gao J and Liu Y, 2001. Applications of remote sensing, GIS and GPS in glaciology: a review, Progress in Physical Geography, 25, 520–540.
Coastal Zone Source: Malthus TJ and Mumby PJ, 2003. Remote sensing of the coastal zone: an overview and priorities for future research, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 24, 2805-2815.
Ozone Watch
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Source: NASA. Ozone Watch - real-time monitoring and time series animations of the ozone hole over the southern hemisphere. URL last accessed 4-10-2007.
Environmental Change
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Source: Donoghue DNM, 2002. Remote sensing: environmental change, Progress in Physical Geography, 26, 144–151.
Land Cover Change
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Source: Zhan X, Sohlberg RA, Townshend JRG, DiMiceli C, Carroll ML, Eastman JC, Hansen MC, DeFries RS, 2002. Detection of land cover changes using MODIS 250 m data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 83, 336–350.
Land Cover Classification of Large Areas
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Source: Franklin SE and Wulder MA, 2002. Remote sensing methods in medium spatial resolution satellite data land cover classification of large areas, Progress in Physical Geography, 26, 2, 173–205.

Global Net Primary Productivity
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Source: Ramakrishna R. Nemani RR, Keeling CD, Hashimoto H, Jolly WM, Piper SC, Tucker CJ, Myneni RB and Running SW, 2003. Climate-driven increases in global terrestrial Net Primary Production from 1982 to 1999, Science, 1560-1563.
Urbanisation and Net Primary Productivity
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Source: Imhoff ML, Bounouaa L, DeFries R, Lawrence WT, Stutzer D, Tucker CJ and Ricketts T, 2004. The consequences of urban land transformation on net primary productivity in the United States, Remote Sensing of Environment, 89, 434–443.
Monitoring urban expansion
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Source: Ji CY et al., 2001. Monitoring urban expansion with remote sensing in China, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22, 1441-1455.
Thermal Remote Sensing of Urban Areas
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Source: Voogta JA and Oke TR, 2003. Thermal remote sensing of urban climates, Remote Sensing of Environment, 86, 370–384.
Urban Planning
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Source: Fasona MJ and Omajola AS, 2004. GIS and remote sensing for urban planning, Proc. 12th Int. Conf. on Geoinformatics - Geospatial Information Research: Bridging the Pacific and Atlantic, University of Gävle, Sweden, 7-9 June 2004.
Estimating Population
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Source: Pozzi F, Balk D, Yetman G, Nelson A and Deichmann U, 2003. Methodologies to improve global population estimates in urban and rural areas.
West Nile Fever Source: Rogers DJ & 9 others, 2002. Predicting the distribution of West Nile Fever in North America using satellite sensor data, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 68.