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A new comprehensive, introductory remote sensing textbook by Floyd F. Sabins, Jr. and James Ellis - "Remote Sensing Principles, Interpretation, and Applications" 4th Edition - was published in early April 2020 by Waveland Press.  Sadly, Floyd passed away in early February 2019.  He was totally engaged clarifying principles, improving exploration examples, and creating new interpretation maps when he passed. 

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.  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. 

A very cost-effective way to evaluate the textbook is to consider Amazon's 30-day rent of the Kindle eBook version for  U.S.$12.70 (see webpage to right).  An eBook version is also available for rent or purchase at Vitalsource and Google Books.  Printed textbooks are available at the publisher's website (www.waveland.com) and will be at other sites after their COVID-19 priorities are fulfilled.  Find the textbook page on the publisher's website by searching with title, author, or keywords (see screen-capture thumbnail of the textbook page on upper right margin).

Textbook details are available on the Waveland mailer shown in the lower right.  The 4thedition includes 6 new chapters (Drones and Manned Aircraft Imaging, DEMs and Lidar, GIS, Renewable Resources, Climate Change, and Archeology). 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.  The open access, downloadable zip files and pdfs are available at http://www.waveland.com/Sabins-Ellis/

A 16 minute video in PC (.wmv) and Apple (.mp4) formats with a pdf version is available on the tabs along the upper margin (and at http://www.waveland.com/Sabins-Ellis/ ).  The videos and pdf describe the  textbook, and downloadable remote sensing 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 38 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

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