"The text is filled with color plates
that enhance the conceptual explanation of everything from ozone formation to
photosynthesis...A fine work that I recommend to any adult wishing to engage in
self-study about environmental issues and the process by which scientists have
learned, and continue to learn, about our changing planet."
--Science Books & Films
"The book is well written and filled with
excellent illustrations and photographs. The satellite images are astounding. It
provides the reader with the keys to understanding the theory and uses of
satellite technology. The price is very reasonable and the quality is very good,
so you cannot go wrong!"
--Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences
"Claire Parkinson has written an
excellent introductory volume on interpreting satellite data about Earth...This
small book is packed with information clearly and concisely presented. It will
inform the interested layman or it could serve as a unifying text for a
high-school or beginning college course on remote sensing. Even the experienced
earth scientist will enjoy looking at the pictures."
--Journal of Geoscience Education
"This fascinating and well written book
would be a good resource for any number of projects: an Earth Science class
studying volcanoes, a planetarium program discussing satellites, or a National
Science and Technology week lecture about sea ice in the Antarctic."
"The publisher has done a superb job
producing a visually appealing book that will not scare off the scientifically
timid reader. Most graphics are in full color and the text is laid out in an
easy to read format."
--HGS Book Review
"This book is a "must read" for
non-specialists wishing to use satellite imagery to explore the Earth
--Professor Ellen Mosley-Thompson, The Ohio State University
"This book does an outstanding job of
explaining satellite technology and its scientific applications. The many
colorful examples and review questions will stimulate the reader's scientific
understanding and will promote a broader appreciation of the contributions of
satellites to earth science."
--Professor John Walsh, University of Illinois
"Written simply and clearly with numerous
color figures that not only illustrate but also inform, this work excels in
introducing the subject and will serve undergraduates ably."
"This book provides a wonderfully
illustrated and balanced introduction to global processes, satellite
observations and the use of color imagery to help students of Earth System
Science examine and better understand our environment."
--Martin Ruzek, Universities Space Research Association
Earth from Above provides an easy introduction to understanding and interpreting satellite images, using illustrative examples to instruct on the fantastically informative new global data sets. Beginning with two short chapters on visible satellite images and radiation, the book then covers six key Earth-atmosphere variables on such environmentally important topics as the Antarctic ozone hole, El Nino, deforestation, the missing carbon dilemma, and the effects of sea ice, snow cover, and volcanoes on atmospheric temperatures. A final chapter broadens the discussion to consider satellite Earth observations in general.
The book is heavily illustrated, including photographs, maps, schematic diagrams, and 50 color-coded satellite images. Each section concludes with a list of questions encouraging the reader to review the text and, in the case of sections with satellite image, to examine the images and find answers from them. Answers to all questions are provided at the back of the book.