SPACECRAFT IN GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES-NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC AD HOC COMMITTEE ON GEOGRAPHY
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The Conference on the Use of Orbiting Spacecraft in Geographic Research outlined in a three-day session the principal benefits to the science of geography expected from operating cameras, infrared scanners, imaging radars, and other remote sensors in earth-orbiting spacecraft. The benefits from the new data on earth-surface phenomena include both scientific advances and practical applications in the civilian economy. General recommendations made by the Conference include the following a vigorous effort should be made to plan the management of the great quanity and variety of data to be obtained the international nature of a geographic spacecraft program and the need for cooperation of scientists in many countries should be emphasized and field testing programs in well-known areas are needed to explore capabilities of specific sensors. Specific detailed recommendations were made by separate working panels in each of eight subfields Energy and Water Budget Geomorphology and Glaciology Plant Cover and Soils Resource Utilization Settlement, Population, and Historical Geography Urban Data and Data Systems Transportation and Linkages and Mapping, Imagery, and Data Processing. Author
- Unmanned Spacecraft