List of Contributors.- Preface.- Part 1: Introduction.- 1. The European Marginal and Enclosed Seas: an Overview.- Special Requirements for Remote Sensing of the European Seas.- Part 2: VIS & TIR passive/active R.- 3. Ocean colour remote sensing of the optically complex European Seas.- 4. Observing the Mediterranean Sea from space: operational use and scientific outcomes.- 5. Optical remote sensing applications in the seas with high freshwater inflow.- 6. Optical remote sensing of the North Sea, a marginal basin forced by tidal mixing.- 7. Optical remote sensing applications in the enclosed Baltic Sea.- 8. The seasonal and longer term variations in the optical properties of the NE Atlantic Ocean: from the Irish Sea to the Bay of Biscay.- 9. Coastal upwelling systems in the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean.- 10. Application of Optical Remote Sensing in Intertidal Flats.- 11. TIR passive techniques; technical description & applications.- 12. TIR RS applications, general circulation in the Mediterranean Sea.- 13. Mapping of surface currents in the central Mediterranean Sea from thermal imagery using the Maximum Cross Correlation Technique.- 14. LIDAR technical description & applications. Part 3: Microwave passive/active RS: 15. MW passive techniques, radiometry of emitted microwave radiation.- 16. Microwave Aperture Synthesis Radiometry: Setting the Path for (Operational) Sea Salinity Measurement from Space.- 17. MW active techniques, reflected microwave radiation.- 18. Scatterometer applications (wind and sea ice).- 19. Applications of Radar Altimetry.- 20. imaging RADAR, SAR applications 1 (internal waves).- 21. imaging RADAR, SAR applications 2 (wind field assessment and farming).- 22. Sea ice assessment by means of Synthetic Aperture Radar.- 23. Imaging RADAR, SAR applications 4 (currents, along-track InSAR).- 24. Imaging RADAR, SAR applications 5 (ship detection).- 25. Oil spill detection in European waters: approaches, algorithms and guidelines for use.- 26. Long term monitoring of oil spills in the European Seas.- 27. Observation of rip currents by Synthetic Aperture Radar.- 28. Surface waves and currents measured by navigational X-Band radar.- 29. Fundamentals and Applications of Land-based Radar Techniques for Monitoring the Coastal Zone.- Part 4: Synoptic/Multi-Sensor: 30. Satellite Remote Sensing of Coastal Discharge Plumes in Europe.- 31. Multisensor observation of eddies and mesoscale features in coastal zones.- 32. Sea ice monitoring using a multisensor approach.- Glossary
Here is a review of the current potential of Earth Observations that devotes particular attention to the challenges posed by the European Seas. The assessment of surface parameters by means of passive techniques - which measure reflected visible and near-infrared sunlight, or surface emissions in the thermal infrared or microwave spectral regions - is addressed. Active techniques - which use transmitted impulses of visible or microwave radiation - are covered as well.
Focus on the issues, peculiarities and special challenges of the European Seas
Complete and thorough review of the current Earth Observations potential
Section devoted to multi-technique assessments of the marine environment