“Thermal Lens”: Explaining thermal remote sensing in a podcast series

· by Jennifer Susan Adams · in Research, What's new

Identifying urban heat islands or monitoring plant health from space are just two examples of applications of thermal remote sensing. In this new podcast series, experts discuss topics ranging from satellite mission design and products from both traditional and new space perspectives, and applications in agronomy and urban planning and more.

Land surface temperature over Europe on 17th July 2023 (Image: ESA / CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.)

New thermal satellite missions at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolutions are soon to be launched in the next 5 years. The conditions and limitations of thermal remote sensing will transform, opening many new opportunities. Communication on methods, processing procedures, upcoming field campaigns, new developments in the field or new data and solutions available are therefore crucial to ensure the adoption of thermal remote sensing data by end-users in a broad range of applications.

As a result the EARSeL Special Interest Group on Thermal Remote Sensing, co-chaired by Jennifer Susan Adams from GIUZ, set up the podcast series The Thermal Lens to bring thermal remote sensing accessible to a wider community. So far, this series has delved into the products measured by thermal infrared (TIR) satellites, the history and legacy of the first TIR satellites, how this informed new satellite mission designs today and the use of these new missions to monitor plant health.

Where to find the podcast
Listen to the episodes here or follow the Those Space People podcast, a series of casual cosmic conversations with people working on all things space.

Jennifer Susan Adams, RS & RSWS

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