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Comprehensive List of Uses of Remote Sensing

The use of remote sensing technology has seen a significant boost during the past three decades. This could be credited to advancement in satellite and sensors technology, ease of data retrieval and storage, and increased capabilities of data processing and extraction of required information from remote sensing imagery.

The professionals and researchers from different fields of work tend to use remote sensing tools for their own interests such as soil scientist may be concerned about Erosion, whereas an Oceanographer might be interested in establishing a detailed inventory of sea-surface temperature.

The comprehensive list of remote sensing applications given below provides an excellent insight of “what remote sensing” can be used for. This basic knowledge is particularly helpful for the general public as well as people from domains other than GIS & Remote Sensing, to realize the potential of using remote sensing in their own field.

  • Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • Geology
    • Surveys
    • Mineral resources
  • Land use
    • Urban land use
    • Agricultural land use
    • Soil survey
    • Health of crops
    • Soil moisture and evapotranspiration
    • Yield predictions
    • Rangelands and wildlife
    • Forestry – inventory
    • Forestry, deforestation, acid rain, disease
  • Civil engineering
    • Site studies
    • Water resources
    • Transport facilities
  • Water resources
    • Surface water, supply, pollution
    • Underground water
    • Snow and ice mapping
  • Coastal studies
    • Erosion, accretion, bathymetry
    • Sewage, thermal and chemical pollution monitoring
  • Oceanography
    • Surface temperature
    • Geoid
    • Botton topography
    • Winds, waves, and currents
    • Circulation
    • Sea ice mapping
    • Oil pollution monitoring
  • Meteorology
    • Weather systems tracking
    • Weather forecasting
    • Heat flux and energy balance
    • Input to general circulation models
    • Sounding for atmospheric profiles
    • Cloud classification
    • Precipitation monitoring
  • Climatology
    • Atmospheric minority constituents
    • Surface albedo
    • Heat flux and energy balance
    • Input to climate models
    • Desertification
  • Natural disasters
    • Floods
    • Earthquakes
    • Volcanic eruptions
    • Forest fires
    • Subsurface coal fires
    • Landslides
    • Tsunamis
  • Planetary studies
List of Major Applications of Remote Sensing
List of Major Applications of Remote Sensing

A webinar regarding “remote sensing for disaster resilience and assessment” and many other webinar tutorials are available on ARSET website which provides capacity building for anyone interested in remote sensing.

Reference: Cracknell, A. (2007). Introduction to Remote Sensing. Boca Raton: CRC Press, https://doi.org/10.1201/b13575

Hi, I am a professional Geoinformatics Engineer who has passion for knowing more and more about Geospatial technologies. My particular areas of interest are Spatial Databases, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Analytics. In addition, I am a strong proponent of free and open-source GIS, Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI), and open geo-data such as OSM.

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Muhammad Kamran

Hi, I am a professional Geoinformatics Engineer who has passion for knowing more and more about Geospatial technologies. My particular areas of interest are Spatial Databases, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Analytics. In addition, I am a strong proponent of free and open-source GIS, Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI), and open geo-data such as OSM.

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