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Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing

Sensors, Methods, Applications

  • Claudia Kuenzer
  • Stefan Dech


  • Thermal Remote Sensing is a discipline with a growing user community

  • The book provides a comprehensive overview of available sensors, methods and applications

  • The book is of interest to environmental planners and decision makers, climatologists, hydrologists, ecologists, urban scientists, forest fire and other fire experts


Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Claudia Kuenzer, Stefan Dech
    Pages 1-26
  3. Thomas Luhmann, Johannes Piechel, Thorsten Roelfs
    Pages 27-42
  4. Christoph A. Hecker, Thomas E. L. Smith, Beatriz Ribeiro da Luz, Martin J. Wooster
    Pages 43-67
  5. Margarete Vasterling, Uwe Meyer
    Pages 69-92
  6. Simon J. Hook, William R. Johnson, Michael J. Abrams
    Pages 93-115
  7. Michael J. Abrams, Simon J. Hook
    Pages 117-130
  8. Claudia Kuenzer, Huadong Guo, Marco Ottinger, Jianzhong Zhang, Stefan Dech
    Pages 131-148
  9. Terry Arvidson, Julia Barsi, Murzy Jhabvala, Dennis Reuter
    Pages 177-196
  10. José A. Sobrino, Fabio Del Frate, Matthias Drusch, Juan C. Jiménez-Muñoz, Paolo Manunta
    Pages 197-214
  11. Corinne Myrtha Frey, Claudia Kuenzer, Stefan Dech
    Pages 215-231
  12. Caixia Gao, Xiaoguang Jiang, Zhao-Liang Li, Françoise Nerry
    Pages 233-252
  13. José A. Sobrino, Yves Julien
    Pages 267-285
  14. Christopher J. Merchant
    Pages 287-313
  15. Claudia Kuenzer, Ursula Gessner, Wolfgang Wagner
    Pages 315-330
  16. Claudia Notarnicola, Katarzyna Ewa Lewińska, Marouane Temimi, Marc Zebisch
    Pages 331-346
  17. Martin J. Wooster, Gareth Roberts, Alistair M. S. Smith, Joshua Johnston, Patrick Freeborn, Stefania Amici et al.
    Pages 347-390
  18. Valerio Lombardo, Maria Fabrizia Buongiorno
    Pages 391-408

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the field of thermal infrared remote sensing. Temperature is one of the most important physical environmental variables monitored by earth observing remote sensing systems. Temperature ranges define the boundaries of habitats on our planet. Thermal hazards endanger our resources and well-being. In this book renowned international experts have contributed chapters on currently available thermal sensors as well as innovative plans for future missions. Further chapters discuss the underlying physics and image processing techniques for analyzing thermal data. Ground-breaking chapters on applications present a wide variety of case studies leading to a deepened understanding of land and sea surface temperature dynamics, urban heat island effects, forest fires, volcanic eruption precursors, underground coal fires, geothermal systems, soil moisture variability, and temperature-based mineral discrimination. ‘Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing: Sensors, Methods, Applications’ is unique because of the large field it spans, the potentials it reveals, and the detail it provides.

This book is an indispensable volume for scientists, lecturers, and decision makers interested in thermal infrared technology, methods, and applications. 


Applications Emissivity Land Surface Temperature (LST) Methods Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Sensors Thermal infrared analyses

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudia Kuenzer
    • 1
  • Stefan Dech
    • 2
  1. 1., Earth Observation Center, EOCGerman Aerospace Center, DLRWesslingGermany
  2. 2., Earth Observation Center, EOCGerman Aerospace Center, DLRWesslingGermany

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“The editors of this book are to be congratulated for an excellent job, as are the publisher and the authors. … the text, equations, and illustrations, especially the abundant color images, are easy to read. … Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing: Sensors, Methods, Applications is a book I am personally recommending to my colleagues and collaborators, many of whom have worked intensively in the field for three decades. It is also within reach of undergraduates and distinctly useful for graduate students.” (Doug Rickman, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, May, 2015)