Submitted to: IEEE IGARSS Annual Proceedings
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/15/2010
Publication Date: 5/5/2010
Citation: Tsang, L., Jackson, T.J. 2010. Satellite remote sensing missions for monitoring water, carbon, and global climate change. Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. 98:645-648. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: In recent years, the subjects of water, carbon, and global climate change have attracted worldwide attention by scientists and the media. Climate change, whether associated with human- induced or natural variations, has and will continue to be important to policy makers and the public. It is clear that Earth observations play a critical role in providing information for assessment and modeling. Improving these observations, better quality and new variables, is a goal of most national and intergovernmental space agencies. Major initiatives are under way that will result in broads impact benefits to our global society. In this Special Issue some of the most significant recent and future Earth observing satellites planned to monitor water, carbon and global climate change are described. Each paper will attempt to describe the purpose of the scientific mission, the technology of the measurements, the modeling of the physics, and the data, image, and signal processing. An overview of each mission and its significance are presented in this introduction.