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Meteorological Satellite Systems


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Space Development book series (BRIEFSSPACE)

About this book


“Meteorological Satellite Systems” is a primer on weather satellites and their Earth applications. This book reviews historic developments and recent technological advancements in GEO and polar orbiting meteorological satellites. It explores the evolution of these remote sensing technologies and their capabilities to monitor short- and long-term changes in weather patterns in response to climate change. Satellites developed by various countries, such as U.S. meteorological satellites, EUMETSAT, and Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian satellite platforms are reviewed. This book also discusses international efforts to coordinate meteorological remote sensing data collection and sharing.

This title provides a ready and quick reference for information about meteorological satellites. It serves as a useful tool for a broad audience that includes students, academics, private consultants, engineers, scientists, and teachers.


European Meteorological Satellite System Evolution of GEO International Meteorological Collaboration Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences Polar Orbiting Satellites Remote Sensing Remote Sensing Satellites Satellite Services Space Applications Space Meteorology Weather Satellites

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Geography and Environmental MgtUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

About the authors

Dr. Su-Yin Tan is a senior lecturer at the University of Waterloo (Canada). She teaches courses on geographic information systems, remote sensing, and spatial data analysis. She is a distinguished Gates Scholar and received her PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (UK), two Masters degrees from Oxford University (UK) and Boston University (USA), and a BSc (Env) from the University of Guelph (Canada).

Dr. Tan has also chaired the Department of Space Applications and regularly serves as a visiting lecturer at the International Space University’s Space Studies Program. Dr. Tan has an interdisciplinary background in the environmental sciences and spatial data analysis methodologies in a range of application areas, such as climatology, ecosystem modeling, and remote sensing.

Dr. Tan has built a diverse record of research experience in North America, Australia, Asia, South America, and Europe. Although born in Canada, she was raised in Papua New Guinea, where she developed an interest in conservation. She maintains an interest in issues related to space technologies and environmental applications.

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