9 May 2017

New CRCSI Publication Release on Earth Observation:

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Volume 1B of Earth Observation: Data, Processing and Applications is now available from the CRCSI website: This new sub-volume, entitled Volume 1B: Data—Image Interpretation, completes the first of three volumes in this series of publications.

These publications explain the principles and products of Earth Observation (EO) in an Australian context and feature a wide range of local case studies. Each text has been prepared by a diverse panel of Australian EO professionals, with production of the series being sponsored by the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Geoscience Australia (GA) and the Bushfires and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC). The series currently comprises three volumes: 

Volume 1: Data outlines the basics of EO in terms of energy sources, data acquisition, sampling characteristics, and image availability. Discussion focuses on the scientific foundations of EO. This volume also considers the interactions of electromagnetic radiation with various targets and media, as relevant to understanding optical, thermal, passive microwave and radar imagery. Volume 1 comprises three sub-volumes:

• 1A—Basics and Acquisition (launched in 2016 at CRCSI Outlook Conference)
• 1B—Image Interpretation (now available from CRCSI website)
• 1X—Appendices (launched in 2016 at CRCSI Outlook Conference)

Volume 2: Processing describes the various options involved with image representation, analysis, transformation, integration and modelling, including details of relevant algorithms, with emphasis on their underlying mathematical and statistical principles. It comprises six sub-volumes:

• 2A—Basic Image Operations (to be released in 2017)
• 2B—Image Rectification (to be released in 2017)
• 2C—Image Transformations (to be released in 2017)
• 2D—Image Integration (to be released in 2017)
• 2E—Image Classification (to be released in 2017)
• 2X—Appendices (to be released in 2017)

Volume 3: Applications introduces the Australian environment in terms of topography, climate, ecoregions, land use and vegetation dynamics, then covers a broad range of application areas and case studies reliant on EO data. Currently under development, Volume 3 will comprise two sub-volumes:

• 3A—Terrestrial Vegetation (to be released in 2018)
• 3B—Surface Waters (to be released in 2018)

These comprehensive publications are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Australia Licence. They are expected to appeal to students, professionals and other interested readers, thus allowing the expertise of the EO community to be shared with a wider audience, and also increasing public awareness of Australia’s growing dependence of EO datasets.

A print-on-demand version of Volume 1 will be available later this year. Volume 1A/1X and Volume 1B are currently available as downloadable PDF files in two resolutions from the CRCSI website:

“These publications represent one of the most extensive and thorough bodies of work in Earth Observation produced in Australia. All contributors are to be congratulated for their efforts and none more so than the Editor-In-Chief, architect, and designer, Barb Harrison.” (Peter Woodgate, CEO, CRCSI).

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