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This handbook is based on a report under the same title, produced by the University of Innsbruck for the European Commission (EUR 18673 EN). Both the report and the handbook have the objective to allow non-EO experts to understand the basics of Earth observation (EO) and to pave the way to potential synergies with Satellite Communications (satcoms) and Satellite Navigation (satnav). In this handbook, the basic elements of remote sensing are described, existing operational sensors are categorised and their applications are highlighted with examples. The main EO satellite operators and data providers are presented together with their products and mechanisms for ordering & distribution. Finally, the potential synergy of EO with satcoms and satnav is addressed, through a number of application scenarios and on-going research projects.

Other information sources used in the frame of this study include:
-Direct feedback from EO data providers.
-The Satellite Communications Survey produced by SAI and Intracom (EUR 17302 EN).
-On-line application demonstrations available from the SSSA Unit and ESA sites.

Additional information

Authors: HOFFMANN C, Geoville GmbH (DE);ASTRON TEAM, Stratergy and Systems for Space Applications, JRC (SAI), Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 18672 EN (2000), pp.75, Euro: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the Documentation Service JRC Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-785818 url:
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