How Surveillance Helps Us - And Harms Us

Pat Norris

WATCHING EARTH FROM SPACE: How Surveillance Helps Us - And Harms Us

Watching Earth from Space 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

Author's preface
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


Extent: 316 pages, full colour throughout
Binding: Paperback
Published: December 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4419-6937-8

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