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  • 1. Atmospheric windows Certain regions of the EM spectrum are completely absorbed by the various gases that make up the atmosphere, so that wavelengths in these regions cannot be used for remote sensing of the Earth's surface. The regions of the EM spectrum which are not affected by the Earth's atmosphere are called 'atmospheric windows'
  • 2. Atmospheric Windows Atmospheric windows define wavelength ranges in which the atmosphere is particularly transmissive of energy. Visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum resides within an atmospheric window with wavelengths of about 0.3 to 0.9 m Emitted energy from the earth's surface is sensed through windows at 3 to 5 m and 8 to 14 m. Radar and passive microwave systems operate through a window region of 1 mm to 1 m.
  • 3. Atmospheric Windows The dominant windows in the atmosphere are in the visible and radio frequency regions, while X- Rays and UV are very strongly absorbed and Gamma Rays and IR are somewhat less strongly absorbed.
  • 4. Atmospheric transmittance Some wavelength regions of the EM spectrum are absorbed by atmospheric gases so cannot be used for remote sensing of the Earth's surface features.
  • 5. Ideal Remote Sensing System 1. A uniform energy source. 2. A non-interfering atmosphere. 3. A series of unique energy/matter interactions at the earths surface. 4. A super sensor. 5. A real-time data handling system. 6. Multiple data users.
  • 6. AN IDEALREMOTESENSING SYSTEM System Component 1 A uniform energy source This source would provide energy over all wavelengths, at a constant, known, high level of output, irrespective of time and place.
  • 7. AN IDEALREMOTESENSING SYSTEM System Component 2 A non-interfering atmosphere This would be an atmosphere that would not modify the energy from the source in any manner, whether that energy were on its way to the Earths surface or coming from it. Again, ideally, this would hold irrespective of wavelength, time, place and sensing altitude involved.
  • 8. AN IDEALREMOTESENSING SYSTEM System Component 3 A series of unique energy / matter interactions at the Earths surface These interactions would generate reflected and/or emitted signals that not only are selective with respect to wavelength, but also are known, invariant, and unique to each and every surface type and subtype of interest.
  • 9. AN IDEALREMOTESENSING SYSTEM System Component 4 A super sensor This would be a sensor, highly sensitive to all wavelengths, yielding spatially detailed data on the absolute brightness (or radiance) from a scene as a function of wavelength, throughout the spectrum. This super sensor would be simple and reliable, require virtually no power or space, and be accurate and economical to operate.
  • 10. AN IDEALREMOTESENSING SYSTEM System Component 5 A real-time data handling system In this system, the instant a signal over a terrain element was generated, it would be processed onto an interpretable format and recognized as being unique to the particular terrain element from which it came. This processing would be performed nearly instantaneously (real-time), providing timely information. Because of the consistent nature of the energy/matter interactions, there would be no need for reference data in the analysis procedure. the derived data would provide insight into the physical - chemical biological state of each object of interest.
  • 11. AN IDEALREMOTESENSING SYSTEM System Component 6 Multiple data users These people would have knowledge of great depth, both of their respective disciplines and of remote sensing data acquisition and analysis techniques. The same set of data would be transformed into various forms of information for different users. This information would be available to them faster, at less expense, and for larger areas than information collected in any other manner. With this information, the various users would make profound, wise decisions about how best to manage the earth resource under scrutiny, and these strategic management decisions would be implemented to everyones delight !
  • 12. But.. An ideal remote sensing system does not and cannot exist. Real remote sensing systems fall far short of the ideal at virtually every point in the sequence outlined. Let us consider some of the basic shortcomings.
  • 13. Basic shortcomings common to all real remote sensing systems The energy source. All passive remote sensing systems rely on energy that is either reflected and/or emitted from Earth surface features. The spectral distribution of reflected sunlight and self- emitted energy is far from uniform. Solar energy levels obviously vary with respect to time and location, and different Earth surface materials emit energy to varying degrees of efficiency. The sources of energy used in all real systems are generally nonuniform with respect to wavelength and their properties vary with time and location.
  • 14. Basic shortcomings common to all real remote sensing systems The atmosphere. The atmosphere normally compounds the problems introduced by energy source variation. To some extent, the atmosphere always modifies the strength and spectral distribution of the energy received by a sensor. It restricts where we can look spectrally atmospheric windows - and its effects vary with wavelength, time and place. The importance of these effects is a function of the wavelengths involved, the sensor used, and the intended application. Eliminating, or compensating for, atmospheric effects via some form of calibration is particularly important in those applications which involve repetitive observations of the same geographical area.
  • 15. Basic shortcomings common to all real remote sensing systems The energy / matter interactions at the Earths surface. Remote sensing would be simple if every material reflected and/or emitted energy in a unique, known way. Although spectral response patterns (signatures) play a central role in detecting, identifying, and analysing Earth surface materials, the spectral world is full of ambiguity. Radically different material types can have great spectral similarity, making differentiation difficult. Furthermore, our understanding of the energy/matter interactions for Earth surface features is at an elementary level for some materials and virtually non-existent for others.
  • 16. Basic shortcomings common to all real remote sensing systems The sensor. An ideal super sensor does not exist. No single sensor is sensitive to all wavelengths and all real sensors have detectors with fixed limits of spectral sensitivity. They also have a limit on how small an object on the Earths surface can be and still be seen by a sensor as being separate from its surroundings. This limit, called the spatial resolution of a sensor, is an indication of how well a sensor can record spatial detail.
  • 17. Basic shortcomings common to all real remote sensing systems The choice of a sensor for any given task always involves tradeoffs. Photographic systems generally produce images of very fine spatial resolution, but they lack the broad spectral sensitivity obtainable with non-photographic systems. These requirements often dictate the type of platform from which a sensor can be operated. Platforms can vary from stepladders to space stations. Depending on the sensor/platform combination needed for a particular application, the acquisition of remote sensing data can be a very expensive endeavour.
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