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~1 al Inl He d Linking Ren~ote Sensing and Social Science Diana Liverman, Emilio F. Moran, Ronald R. Rindfuss, and Paul C. Stern, Editors Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education National Research Council NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS Washington, D.C. 1998
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COMMITTEE ON THE HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF GLOBAL CHANGE 1996-1997 DIANA LIVERMAN (Chair), Latin American Area Center and Department of Geography, University of Arizona ERIC J. BARRON, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University PAUL R. EPSTEIN, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University BONNIE McCAY, Department of Human Ecology, Cook College, Rutgers University EMILIO F. MORAN, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University EDWARD PARSON, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University RONALD R. RINDFUSS, Department of Sociology and Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill VERNON W. RUTTAN, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota ROBERT SOCOLOW, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Princeton University JAMES SWEENEY, Department of Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University EDWARD FRIEMAN (Ex officio, Chair, Board on Sustainable Development), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego ORAN R. YOUNG (Ex officio, International Human Dimensions Programme liaison), Institute of Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College PAUL C. STERN, Study Director HEATHER SCHOFIELD, Senior Program Assistant . . .
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Contents Preface Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science: The Need and the Challenges Ronald R. Rindfuss and Paul C. Stern A Brief History of Remote Sensing Applications, with Emphasis on Landsat Stanley A. Morain 3 "Socializing the Pixel" and "Pixelizing the Social" in Land-Use and Land-Cover Change Jacqueline Geoghegan, Lowell Pritchard, Jr., Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, RinEu Roy Chowdhury, Steven Sanderson, and B. L. Turner II Linking Satellite, Census, and Survey Data to Study Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Charles H. Wood and David Skole Land-Use Change After Deforestation in Amazonia Emilio F. Moran and Eduardo Brondizio v 1 28 51 70 94
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v! 6 Land-Use/Land-Cover and Population Dynamics, Nang Rong, Thailand Barbara Enwistle, Stephen J. Walsh, Ronald R. Rindfuss, and Aphichat Chamratrithirong 7 Validating Prehistoric and Current Social Phenomena upon the Landscape of the Peten, Guatemala Thomas L. Sever 8 Extraction and Modeling of Urban Attributes Using Remote Sensing Technology David J. Cowen and John R. Jensen CONTENTS 121 145 164 9 Social Science and Remote Sensing in Famine Early Warning 189 Charles F. Hutchinson 10 Health Applications of Remote Sensing and Climate Modeling Paul R. Epstein APPENDICES A An Annotated Guide to Earth Remote Sensing Data and Information Resources for Social Science Applications Robert S. Chen B Glossary Mark Patterson Biographical Sketches of Contributors and Editors 209 229 237
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Preface The U.S. government has been collecting data about the earth's surface and atmosphere from planes and satellites for decades. In the past, technology and routines of data collection and management have been developed primarily for the earth science community. More recently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been paying increased attention to the potential value of remote data for other users, including social scientists; farmers; local govern- ment officials; and land-use, urban, and coastal planners. Remotely sensed data have potential scientific value for the study of human-environment interactions, especially land-cover and land-use change (LUCC), a research area that is now the focus of a joint international research effort of the International Geosphere- Biosphere Programme and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. Remotely sensed data also have potential scien- tific value for addressing questions in other areas of social science, including urban studies and human population dynamics, and practical value for providing predictive information about socially significant events, such as famine and epi- demics of disease. As part of an effort to realize more of the apparent potential of remotely sensed data, NASA asked the National Research Council (NRC) to organize a workshop that would bring social scientists who have tried to use satellite data together with experts in remote sensing technology. The participants were to discuss the lessons of success and failure that have emerged from efforts to link remote sensing and social science, and to identify ways of making satellite obser- vations more useful sources of data for social science, research on human- environment relations, and other applications. The workshop was organized by . . vat
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. . . vile PREFACE the NRC's Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change and held on November 12-13, 1996. The workshop included presentations on a variety of applications of remote sensing, as reflected in this volume. More than 50 participants including social scientists; remote sensing specialists; experts in geographic and data information systems; and staff members from NASA, four other federal agencies, the White House, and the World Bank engaged in lively discussion about the presenta- tions, the opportunities created by remotely sensed data for social science and related fields, and the limitations and pitfalls that can be encountered in trying to exploit those opportunities. This volume includes revised versions of most of the presentations made at the workshop, as well as two overview chapters that identify major conceptual, methodological, and organizational issues faced by those who attempt to make greater use of remote sensing for social scientific and related purposes. In addi tion, it provides a guide to information resources and a glossary designed to facilitate interaction and understanding between social scientists new to the field of remote sensing and remote sensing specialists unfamiliar with social science. The committee believes this book will make remotely sensed data more accessible and its potential uses more evident to researchers in the human dimen- sions of global change and eventually to the broader social science community. We hope it will also encourage and sharpen the dialogue between these potential users of remotely sensed data and those who collect and transform the data for scientific use, thus making the data even more useful over time. On behalf of the NRC's Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, I thank Nancy Maynard of NASA, who first asked us to develop this project. I also thank my colleagues who collaborated with me in organizing the workshop and this volume Emilio Moran, Ronald Rindfuss, and Paul Stern. The four of us were equal partners in this effort, a fact incompletely reflected by the listing of our names alphabetically on the title page. I wish to thank as well Eugenia Grohman and Rona Briere, who provided essential help in editing and producing the volume, and especially Heather Schofield, whose efforts were essential to organizing a successful workshop, collecting the written contribu- tions, and getting the volume ready for publication. Diana Liverman, Chair Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change
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