Textbook Introduction


For the past two+ years the principal of Ellis GeoSpatial, James Ellis, has been focused on updating the technology and expanding the range of applications for a soon-to-be-published, remote sensing college textbook.  James worked with the late Floyd Sabins, building on Floyd's exceptionally clear and concise, 1997 (3rd ed.) principles and interpretation textbook.  Their new textbook is titled "Remote Sensing - Principles, Interpretation, and Applications", 4th ed. The textbook establishes a solid foundation for intelligent and accurate use of remote sensing with an emphasis on principles, focus on sensor technology and image acquisition, and inclusion of a broad range of practical and research-oriented applications.  The textbook is supplemented by a downloadable remote sensing digital database and a lab manual to jumpstart image-processing education.  The textbook (paper and ebook), database, and lab manual should be available from Waveland Press by early 2020.

The 4thedition includes 6 new chapters (Drones and Manned Aircraft Imaging, DEMs and Lidar, GIS, Renewable Resources, Climate Change, and Archeology).  This edition has 485 figures (142 are available online as color figures) and 81 color images (55 are printed on 32 pages and 26 are available online). 54% of the figures and 86% of the color images are new.  The downloadable, 6 Gigabyte Remote Sensing Digital Database has 27 georeferenced examples of various satellite and airborne imagery and the Digital Image Processing Lab Manual contains 12 exercises to supplement discussions, figures, and plates in the textbook.  There is enough depth in the textbook for both undergraduate and graduate students, and enough structure to support individuals outside of academics who are eager to learn how remote sensing can help them improve their scientific knowledge and impact in the workplace.

An 11 minute video is available on this page (upper right) that describes the upcoming textbook, digital database, and image processing lab manual.

Given Ellis's focus on remote sensing education, Ellis GeoSpatial is unable to undertake major projects that require significant image processing, interpretation, and GIS database development. Geologic and environmental projects with a limited scope will be considered. The company uses Harris ENVI 5.5 and Hexagon ERDAS Imagine image-processing software, ESRI ArcGIS 10.6 GIS with 3D Analyst & Spatial Analyst extensions, and Global Mapper software.

James Ellis, Ph.D in Geology and Principal, has 37 years of global experience imaging and mapping environments and geology.

E-Mail: jellis@ellis-geospatial.com
Tele: 925-708-3093
Business moved to Western New York in July 2015.

State of California Professional Geologist - Certificate No. 7391

Ellis GeoSpatial is a certified Small Business (OSBCR # 29164) in the State of California and a Veteran-Owned Small Business (Vietnam Era)

Registered with Federal Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and the new Federal "SAM".  See Ellis GeoSpatial profile by entering company DUNS Number 109508239     https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/

Education Provided:
University at Buffalo Dept. of Geology
  "Environmental Remote Sensing" Fall 2017 Semester
  GLY 465/565 - using ENVI 5.3
25 students enrolled (7 grad, 18 undergrad)

Diablo Valley College (DVC), Pleasant Hill, CA
  "Introduction to Remote Sensing"
2015 Semester
  Geog 160 - 4 credits CSU
- Using ERDAS Imagine, ArcGIS 10.2,
                                                 Fusion (Lidar) & 
Google Earth
          15 Students Enrolled
  16 labs on Mondays 6-9 PM in a 30-seat Computer Room
  150 students have completed this course since 2006

For more Info on DVC's GPS & GIS Certificate Program, go to 


Introduction to NEW textbook, database, lab manual
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