Introduction

Remote Sensing is the science and art of obtaining information about an object, area, or phenomenon through the analysis of data acquired by a device that is not in contact with the object, area, or phenomenon under investigation. As you read these words, you are employing remote sensing. Your eyes are acting as sensors that respond to the light reflected from this page. The “data” your eyes acquire are impulses corresponding to the amount of light reflected from the dark and light areas on the page. These data are analyzed, or interpreted, in your mental computer to enable you to explain the dark areas on the page as a collection of letters forming words. Beyond this, you recognize that the words form sentences and you interpret the information that the sentences convey.

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