In 2005 I published my Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U4D8EJM). It is now available as a Kindle eBook. At the moment, the eBook is simply a PDF replica of the print book, but because I have self-published it via Speckled Press, I have managed to keep it <$10, which is a substantial saving compared to purchasing the print edition (http://amzn.com/0415271231 ). Note that you don’t need a Kindle to read it, as a Kindle Reader App is available for all desktop and mobile devices.
I wrote it to be a true introduction to the history, principles and usefulness of remote sensing in the microwave region of the spectrum. Some of the ideas and approaches I have already written about in this blog, and you can see some of the figures come to life in my animations at intro2radar.com.
The fundamentals of the book focus on the properties of electromagnetic radiation, including polarisation and interference, and explain the basis of why microwave measurements are different from other forms of remote sensing. I believe it is still the only remote sensing book that uses the human ear as the basis of explaining microwave sensor systems (except perhaps this one).
The book covers microwave sounding of the atmosphere, passive imaging and synthetic aperture radar.
It is aimed at students who have some technical remote sensing background but are looking to get to grips with why microwave systems are different and to understand the core principles that are exploited to make measurements of the Earth system.
Note that this book is an eBook version of the original PDF and so is best suited to larger screen devices. Since I self-published I have been able to keen it <$10, a substantial saving on the print edition.
But if you like this digital version, you might also choose to get the print version, which is still available from CRC Press and on Amazon.
What people have said about the original book:
“This is an excellent book. I don’t often make statements like that.” Prof Arthur Cracknell, former Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Remote Sensing (in an IJRS Book Review, 2006).
“It is strong on physical principles and beautifully written.” Don Atwood, ASF Chief Scientist, Alaska Satellite Facility.
“Iain Woodhouse presents an informative tutorial on microwave radiation and its application to remote sensing in his excellent new book.” Howard Zebker, Professor of Geophysics and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (in PE&RS Book Review, 2007).
“…your book is by far the best educational SAR tool I’ve ever had my hands on.” Robert Eckardt, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.