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|Title:||Remote Sensing of the Asian Seas|
|Authors:||BARALE VITTORIO; GADE MARTIN|
|ISBN:||978-3-319-94067-0 (online),978-3-319-94065-6 (print)|
|Abstract:||A wide variety of marginal basins, ranging from polar to equatorial regions, and a few sizeable enclosed basins, can all be encompassed among the Asian Seas. The Arctic Ocean shelf seas off Siberia; the sheltered basins along the Pacific Ocean western rim; the coastal seas of the northernmost Indian Ocean, including the semi-enclosed Red Sea and Persian Gulf; as well as the Caspian Sea, the remnants of the Aral Sea, and a score of brackish or freshwater lakes, such as lake Balkhash and Lake Baikal, exhibit a multiplicity of environmental features and processes. Understanding the peculiarities of such a large and varied collection of marine and coastal types requires the adoption of integrated observation systems, among which the application of orbital remote sensing must play an essential role. This volume reviews the current potential of Earth Observations in the assessment of the many Asian seascapes, using both passive and active techniques in diverse spectral regions, measuring reflected visible and near-infrared sunlight, surface emissions in the thermal infrared and microwave range, or surface reflection of transmitted radar impulses of microwave radiation. An in-depth evaluation of the available spectral regions and observation techniques, as well as of novel multi-technique methods, ensures that suitable instruments are indeed accessible for exploring and managing the wealth of resources that the Asian Seas have to offer.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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