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Exploring the Blue Planet

Markus Eisl Gerald Mansberger Paul Schreilechner



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Fire Fly
01 December 2016
Water is in crisis. We are in crisis. All life depends on water and we are running out of it, but where exactly is the water and where is it going? This book provides new insight into the world of water and contributes to a wider understanding of the current predicament. "Water: Exploring the Blue Planet" is essentially a map of water. It features astonishingly detailed photographs that reveal the watery health of the Blue Planet. Readers are taken aboard satellites circling the Earth from where the most technologically advanced cameras and remote sensors capture what lies below.

The photographs are accompanied by descriptions and organized in thematic chapters. "Water" reveals the damage wrought by nature cyclones, volcanoes, floods and the destruction wrought by humans vanishing reservoirs, receding glaciers, melting ice sheets. And what of our attempts to control water? How do the hydropower dams, shore stabilization structures and desert oases we build affect the movement and availability of water? How does our insatiable thirst and recklessness cause poisonous salination, desertification and the disappearance of seas, lakes, reservoirs, islands and shorelines?

In the text and captions, the expert authors explain current knowledge of life's essential element, from the biodiversity of the oceans to the inestimable value of drinking water. Readers can follow the tracings of Earth's most important resource as it travels around the globe, and acquire a new and deeper understanding of the water crisis. They will also marvel at the utter beauty of Earth. The photographs in "Water" are produced by the highest caliber satellite and remote-sensor imagery that current technology allows. The observation-based data covers 1.5 billion square miles (4 billion sq. km) and comprises a real-time map of the world's water.

These maps are used to support decision-makers in areas such as public safety, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, and infrastructure management. At the exceptional price of just $49.95, this important book is an essential purchase for academic collections (especially earth sciences, hydrology, environment, ecology, sustainability, economic development, cartography and remote sensing), for public libraries seeking an up-to-date reference, and for interested general readers.
By:   Markus Eisl, Gerald Mansberger, Paul Schreilechner
Imprint:   Fire Fly
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 298mm,  Width: 235mm, 
Weight:   2g
ISBN:   9781770858138
ISBN 10:   177085813X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 December 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Markus Eisl is a physicist and remote sensing expert. Fascinated by the combination of technology and aesthetics, he has been an analyst of Earth-surface imagery since 1995. Gerald Mansberger studied at Vienna University's Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, one of the leading research groups in radar remote sensing for soil moisture retrieval and monitoring of other land-surface hydrologic processes. Paul Schreilechner studied biology at the University of Salzburg, where he discovered a passion for geoinformatics and remote sensing.

Reviews for Water: Exploring the Blue Planet

Water: Exploring the Blue Planet discusses water's interaction with human life. The work presents superior aerial photography that conveys a unique perspective on the issue of water around the planet. Each topic covered within the volume includes an accompaniment of aerial images captured by satellites. All satellite images contain captions explaining the location, the description of the area or population, and the latitude and longitude. In the final chapter, there is a discussion related to the capturing of satellite images, which gives further insight into the creative process behind this title. The text also escorts the reader through a short series of essays by several contributors. Even though these essays are brief, their topics are powerful. Essays range from natural formations by water to the power of water. The work concludes with photos of pristine areas of water on Earth. The images throughout the work provide influence and engage the reader, and truly offer insight into understanding water's role throughout the planet. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers.-- (04/01/2017) Selection, Holiday Gift Guide 2016--Entertainment Report (12/13/2016)

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