Surveying-Mapping Research from Earth Satellites

by Charles K. Paul, (A.M.ASCE), Member of Technical Staff; Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 27-42

Document Type: Journal Paper


The present space research emphasis on earth resources and environmental monitoring has potential benefits for the mapping, planning, and ocean engineering professions. Mapping at scales of 1:500,000 and smaller, with accuracies satisfying national maps accuracy standards from LANDSAT-l is performed routinely. Similar quality urban maps have been compiled from LANDSAT-1 at a scale of 1:250,000. Regional land use maps of nine basic categories with over 90% classification accuracies are routinely prepared in the United States, and classifications of up to 34 different land-use types with 85% accuracies have been achieved in certain nonurban areas. Several high altitude aircraft flights are demonstrating the possibility of future spacecraft carrying a microwave (radar) payload for monitoring global sea states.

Subject Headings: Mapping | Geomatic surveys | Satellites | Engineering profession | Land use | Space colonies | Environmental issues | Standards and codes | United States

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