Remote Sensing of the African Seas

  • Vittorio Barale
  • Martin Gade

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction to Remote Sensing of the African Seas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jim Gower, Stephanie King
      Pages 31-53
    3. Nicolas Hoepffner, Samuel Djavidnia, Leo Nykjaer, Pascal Derycke
      Pages 55-73
  3. Western Africa Near-Coastal Waters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Luis García-Weil, Antonio G. Ramos, Josep Coca, Alexandre Redondo
      Pages 97-118
    3. Eric V. Djagoua, Jeanne M. Kouadio, Cassandre Z. Dro, Mireille Bella, Jean B. Kassi, Brice A. Mobio et al.
      Pages 135-148
    4. Andrey G. Kostianoy, Olga Yu. Lavrova, Dmytro M. Solovyov
      Pages 149-165
    5. Herbert Siegel, Thomas Ohde, Monika Gerth
      Pages 167-183
    6. Stewart Bernard, Grant Pitcher, Hayley Evers-King, Lisl Robertson, Mark Matthews, Andy Rabagliati et al.
      Pages 185-203
    7. Werner Alpers, Dominique Dagorne, Peter Brandt
      Pages 205-229
  4. Eastern Africa Near-Coastal Waters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Johnny A. Johannessen, Bertrand Chapron, Fabrice Collard, Björn Backeberg
      Pages 251-262
    3. Jorge M. Magalhaes, José C. B. da Silva, Adrian L. New
      Pages 263-284
    4. Susanne Lehner, Andrey Pleskachevsky, Stephan Brusch, Miguel Bruck, Matteo Soccorsi, Domenico Velotto
      Pages 285-313
  5. Marginal and Enclosed Water Bodies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Svetlana S. Karimova, Martin Gade
      Pages 357-378
    3. Thomas J. Ballatore, Shane R. Bradt, Lydia Olaka, Andrés Cózar, Steven A. Loiselle
      Pages 403-422
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 423-428

About this book


The African Seas include marginal basins of two major oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, a miniature ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and an infant ocean, the Red Sea. Understanding the wide spectrum of environmental features and processes of such a varied collection of marine and coastal regions requires that in situ observation systems be integrated and actually guided, by the application of orbital remote sensing techniques. This volume reviews the current potential of Earth Observations to help in the exploration of the marginal seas around Africa, by virtue of both passive and active techniques, working in several spectral ranges  – i.e. measuring either reflected visible and near-infrared sunlight, as well as surface emissions in the thermal infrared and microwave spectral regions, or again the surface reflection of transmitted lidar or radar impulses of visible or microwave radiation.

The in-depth evaluation of the advantages offered by each technique and spectral region and in particular by the development of advanced multi-technique systems, contributes to the assessment of the abundant natural resources that the Seas of Africa have to offer, of those in dear need of being – sustainably – exploited and of others that should be protected and maintained in their still pristine conditions.

Vittorio Barale (right) graduated in Physics in 1977, from the University of Milan and then received both his M.S., in 1982 and Ph.D., in 1986, while at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, from the University of California at San Diego. Since 1990 he has been with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His research focuses on the ecological assessment of marginal and enclosed seas and their coastal margins in particular, using optical remote sensing.


Martin Gade (left) received his first degree in Physics in 1992 and then his doctoral degree in Geosciences in 1996, both from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Since 1991 he has been with the Remote Sensing Unit of the Institute of Oceanography, at the University of Hamburg. His research focuses on air-sea interactions and coastal processes and their remote sensing using active microwave techniques, as well as on laboratory and field experiments with marine surface films.


African Seas Marginal seas Marine Ecosystem Oceanography Remote sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • Vittorio Barale
    • 1
  • Martin Gade
    • 2
  1. 1.TP272Joint Research Centre European CommissionIspraItaly
  2. 2.Institut für MeereskundeUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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