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Remote sensing is the process of detecting and monitoring the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation at a distance from the targeted area. Special cameras collect remotely sensed images of the Earth, which help us "sense" things about the Earth. Some examples are:
- cameras on satellites and airplanes take images of large areas on the Earth's surface, allowing us to see much more than we can standing on the ground.
- sonar systems on ships can be used to create images of the ocean floor without needing to travel to the bottom of the ocean.
- cameras on satellites can be used to make images of temperature changes in the oceans.
Some specific uses of remotely sensed images of the Earth include:
- large forest fires can be mapped from space, allowing rangers to see a much larger area than from the ground.
- tracking clouds to help predict the weather or watch erupting volcanos, and help watch for dust storms.
- tracking the growth of a city and changes in farmland or forests over several years or even decades.
- mapping the ocean bottom - Discovery and mapping of the rugged topography of the ocean floor (e.g., huge mountain ranges, deep canyons, and the “magnetic striping” on the ocean floor).