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Public Health Implications Of Remote Sensing
Author(s): Charles E. Fuller; Harold G. Jones
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Paper Abstract

One rather unexpected result of the past decade's manned space flights has been the growing public awareness that the earth is akin to a space ship; both are small, life-sustaining bodies surrounded by an environment hostile to life; both are closed ecological systems that require diligent house keeping and both have finite, exhaustible resources. At the same time, the public has been warned that the earth's ecological system is in a state of stress, that some natural resources are close to depletion, and that with increasing population, our quality of life may face a decline within the lifespan of generations now living. To prevent such a decline and to maintain a beneficial environment far more information about the earth's resources and the effects of industrialization and urbanization are required than now possessed. This accumulated information must be continuously updated and maintained by more effective management systems in the future than in the past. Both aircraft and spacecraft will be used. Sequential use of aircraft sensor data will provide baselines for studying regional problems; larger areas could be covered by earth orbiting satellites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1971
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0026, Quantitative Imagery in the Biomedical Sciences I, (1 June 1971); doi: 10.1117/12.975339
Show Author Affiliations
Charles E. Fuller, NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (United States)
Harold G. Jones, Life Sciences Technology Group (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0026:
Quantitative Imagery in the Biomedical Sciences I
Robin E. Herron, Editor(s)

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