WATCHING EARTH FROM SPACE
How Surveillance Helps Us - And Harms Us
Watching Earth from Space
- Are satellites a threat to individual privacy?
- How bad is climate change and global warming?
- Why can we not find Osama bin Laden?
- Does the world have enough fresh water?
gives you the answers to these and many other burning questions of the day. 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.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and acronyms
1. The threat of satellite images
2. Weather satellites
3. Climate change
4. Commercial surveillance: mapping on a large scale
5. Society and survival
6. Where am I? Where are they?
7. Monitoring nuclear weapons
8. Military imaging satellites: long-range intelligence
9. Military radio surveillance from space
10. The future
316 pages, full colour throughout
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