Watching Earth from Space

How Surveillance Helps Us -- and Harms Us

  • Pat Norris

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


- Are satellites a threat to individual privacy? - How bad is climate change and global warming? - Why can we not find Osama bin Laden? - Does the world have enough fresh water? Watching Earth from Space gives you the answers to these and many other burning questions of the day. This is the story of how our planet is being monitored by hundreds of space-borne instruments for both military and peaceful reasons. It highlights the technical challenges of those instruments and describes the agencies that gather useful information from them. But as well as all the essential monitoring performed by satellites - such as mapping natural or man-made disasters, agricultural performances, weather, and climate change to name a few - there is a growing swell of public opinion that they are being used by governments to erode personal privacy and freedom. This book looks at the possible conflict between public good and market forces, and the future development of new systems to deal with new needs.


Civilian satellites Global warming debate International satellite launches Military satellites Monitoring Monitoring Earth Monitoring global resources Satellite imaging issues Spy satellites satellite

Authors and affiliations

  • Pat Norris
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  1. 1.ByfleetUnited Kingdom

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