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Table of Contents

Surveying and Mapping in Transition to Geoinformation
Current Status of Mapping in the World
Integration of Geoinformation Technologies
United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management

Remote Sensing
Electromagnetic Radiation
Energy-Matter Interaction
Sensor Components
Imaging Sensors
Image Interpretation
Image Processing
Remote Sensing Applications

Evolution of Photogrammetry
Principles of Analytical and Digital Photogrammetry
Digital Photogrammetric Operations
Airborne Laser Scanning

Geographic Information Systems
Hardware Components
Software Components
Vector Systems
Raster Systems
GIS Systems
Esri's ArcGIS
GIS Applications

Positioning Systems
The Global Positioning System (GPS)
Accuracy Augmentation Systems
GSM Mobile Phone Location

Cost Considerations
Costs of Aerial Photography, Orthophotography, and Topographic Line Mapping
GPS-Supported Ground Surveys
Digital Elevation Models
Aerial Triangulation versus Direct Sensor Orientation
Mapping from Space
Automated Feature Extraction 4

Technological Changes

About the Author

University of Hannover, Germany


"... a thorough, comprehensive, and attractive overview of geoinformation that exceeds pure mapping, shedding light into drivers and causes. The thought is stimulated and new ideas might become the seed for multidisciplinary new activities and services in the future. Well-written and worthwhile reading, this book is an asset for one's library."
-Ioannis Manakos, Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology, Thessaloniki, Greece

"... gives the big picture of how remote sensing, photogrammetry, and geographic information systems work together in an interdisciplinary manner to serve the widespread needs of society. ... Gottfried Konecny, with his background knowledge and experience in photogrammetry and remote sensing and his skills in lecturing in all parts of the world, provides this valuable, comprehensive book which is a `must' for all students and professionals in the field of geoinformation."
-Dr. Rainer Sandau, International Academy of Astronautics

"Gottfried Konecny has a unique understanding of the whole field of geoinformation and is able to present the material in a holistic manner. The content presents essential up-to-date material on remote sensing; sensors, processing, and applications; analytical and digital photogrammetry and airborne laser scanning; GIS hardware and software components and applications; positioning systems; and cost considerations for the acquisition and implementation of geoinformation systems. I highly recommend this book as a text for students and scholars who wish to gain further knowledge on the characteristics and development of geoinformation systems that have broad applications in many scientific and technical aspects of increasingly complex human and physical environments."
-John Trinder, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

"The second edition of this book brings out the fundamentals of the entire spectrum of geospatial technology and its trends and directions, which may guide next-generation professionals."
-Sanjay Kumar, Geospatial Media and Communications, Noida, India

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