The Surveillance Imperative

Geosciences during the Cold War and Beyond

  • Simone Turchetti
  • Peder Roberts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Simone Turchetti, Peder Roberts
      Pages 1-19
  3. Surveillance Strategies to Control Natural Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Matthew Adamson, Lino Cambrubí, Simone Turchetti
      Pages 23-44
  4. Monitoring the Earth: Nuclear Weapon Programs

  5. Seeing the Sea—From Above and Below

  6. Surveillance Technologies

  7. From Surveillance to Environmental Monitoring

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 237-278

About this book


Surveillance is a key notion for understanding power and control in the modern world, but it has been curiously neglected by historians of science and technology. Using the overarching concept of the "surveillance imperative," this collection of essays offers a new window on the evolution of the environmental sciences during and after the Cold War.


Cold War environment evolution geoscience history seismology

Editors and affiliations

  • Simone Turchetti
    • 1
  • Peder Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the History of Science, Technology and MedicineUniversity of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Division of History of Science, Technology, and EnvironmentKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-49407-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-43874-4
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