Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky, Brian Marker

Remote Sensing

  • Janusz WasowskiEmail author
  • Daniele Giordan
  • Vern Singhroy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73568-9_235


Remote sensing – “The science and art of obtaining information about an object, area, or phenomenon through the analysis of data acquired by a device that is not in contact with the object, area, or phenomenon under investigation,” as defined by Lillesand et al. (2015) in their textbook on remote sensing and image interpretation.


The first uses of remote sensing in engineering geology practice date back to the late 1920s and early 1930s, when aerial photo interpretation and photogrammetry methods assisted engineers in terrain reconnaissance and site evaluation, flood control surveillance, and topographic mapping (Barr 1984). Since then the use of information retrieved from remotely sensed data by research and professional engineering geologists has become more diversified and more common. However, the application potential of remote sensing in ground engineering is still considered to be little explored in comparison to the uses of remotely sensed data by...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janusz Wasowski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniele Giordan
    • 2
    • 3
  • Vern Singhroy
    • 4
  1. 1.CNR-IRPI (National Research Council – Institute for Geohydrological Protection)BariItaly
  2. 2.Research Institute for Hydrogeological Prevention and ProtectionTorinoItaly
  3. 3.CNR-IRPITorinoItaly
  4. 4.Natural Resources CanadaCanada Centre for Remote SensingOttawaCanada