Welcome to this introductory book on Remote Sensing, which is intended to be the equivalent of a textbook for an undergraduate-level university course. You are free to use this book any way you like; it is separated into “chapters” that correspond to the readings my own students should do in preparation for lectures and lab exercises each week.
To navigate the book, click the ‘Contents’ button in the top left corner, then click the ‘+’ sign next to where it says ‘Main Body’. Then click on the chapter you want to read.
If you are looking for an actual published textbook to complement this document, there are several I can recommend. All of them will have additional information not present in this document, and will also be missing some of the information you will find below. Some are specialized, as you can see from their titles, others are general and could have been used as textbooks for this course. Remote sensing is a field that in some ways develop quickly (new sensors are launched into space all the time), and in other ways develops slowly (many of the basic techniques for digital image processing were developed decades ago and are still used). Keep this in mind if you read through an older textbook. Some books you should consider looking at for complementary information (this is not an exhaustive list!):
J.B. Campbell and R.H. Wynne: Introduction to Remote Sensing. 5th edition, 2011.
J.R. Jensen: Introductory Digital Image Processing. 4th edition, 2015.
J.R. Jensen: Remote Sensing of the Environment: An Earth Resource Perspective. 2nd edition, 2006.
T. Lillesand, R.W. Kiefer and J.W. Chipman: Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation. 7th edition, 2015.
E. Chuvieco: Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing: An Environmental Approach. 2nd edition, 2016.
H.G. Jones and R.A. Vaughan: Remote Sensing of Vegetation: Principles, Techniques, and Applications. 1st edition, 2010.
I. Woodhouse: Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing. 1st edition, 2006.
M.-C. Girard and C.M. Girard: Traitement des données de télédétection. 2eme édition, 2010.
In addition, the website of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing has some easy that you can access for free. And remember that the Internet is your friend when it comes to learning remote sensing – there are lots of sites where people have already asked the exact questions you will be asking yourself as you go through this course, and other, usually knowledgeable, people have answered them.