Watching earth from space : how surveillance helps us -- and harms us /

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Author / Creator:Norris, Pat.
Imprint:New York : Springer, c2010.
Description:1 online resource (xx, 284 p.) : ill.
Series:Springer-Praxis books in space exploration
Springer-Praxis books in space exploration.
Format: E-Resource Book
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ISBN:9781441969385 (electronic bk.)
1441969381 (electronic bk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:This is the story of how our planet is being monitored by hundreds of space-borne instruments for both military and peaceful reasons. It highlights the technical challenges of those instruments and describes the agencies that gather useful information from them. --
But as well as all the essential monitoring performed by satellites - such as mapping natural or man-made disasters, agricultural performance, weather, and climate change to name but a few - there is a growing swell of public opinion that they are being used by governments to erode personal privacy and freedom. This book looks at the possible conflict between public good and market forces, and the future development of new systems to deal with new needs. --Book Jacket.
Other form:Print version: Norris, Pat. Watching earth from space. New York : Springer, c2010 9781441969378