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Liverman, Diana M.; Moran, Emilio F.; Rindfuss, Ronald R.; & Stern, Paul C. (1998). People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science. Washington: National Academy Press.


Space-based sensors are giving us an ever-closer and more comprehensive look at the earth's surface; they also have the potential to tell us about human activity. This volume examines the possibilities for using remote sensing technology to improve understanding of social processes and human-environment interactions. Examples include deforestation and regrowth in Brazil, population-environment interactions in Thailand, ancient and modern rural development in Guatemala, and urbanization in the United States, as well as early warnings of famine and disease outbreaks. The book also provides information on current sources of remotely sensed data and metadata and discusses what is involved in establishing effective collaborative efforts between scientists working with remote sensing technology and those working on social and environmental issues.

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Liverman, Diana M.
Moran, Emilio F.
Rindfuss, Ronald R.
Stern, Paul C.