Watching Earth from Space is the story of how our planet is being monitored by hundreds of space-borne instruments for both military and peaceful reasons. It is available in English and in Chinese editions.

Are satellites a threat to individual privacy?

How bad is climate change and global warming?  

Why did it take so long to find Osama bin Laden?  

Does the world have enough fresh water?

Watching Earth from Space gives you the answers to these and many other burning questions of the day. It highlights the technical challenges of the satellites and their instruments and describes the agencies that gather useful information from them.

As well as all the essential monitoring performed by satellites - such as mapping natural or man-made disasters, agriculture, weather, and climate change to name a few - there is a growing swell of public opinion that they are being used by governments to erode personal privacy and freedom.  This book looks at the possible conflict between public good and market forces, and the future development of new systems to deal with new needs.

Watching Earth from Space

·          explains, the power, limitations and possible
       threats posed by satellite imagery

·           recounts the politics, economics, and science
       driving the growth of imaging from space

·         shows how the effects of global warming and climate change are revealed by imaging satellites


"a provocative view of Earth under the looking glass ... easy-to-read and fact packed ... absorbing and somewhat unnerving ... truly an eye-opener", David Leonard in SpaceCoalition (online)

"timely and comprehensive review that highlights just how dependent modern society has become on the satellite ... erudite and jargon-free ... will appeal to both the satellite enthusiast and someone with a general interest in the subject", Mark Stewart, Spaceflight

"many fascinating insights and stories of events behind the scenes ... few books try to combine this range of material and Norris has done a very good job at the combination while retaining a broad public interest approach", Ray Harris, Space Policy

"because more than 20 nations have imaging satellites with more having the capability all the time, our enemies and adversaries have pretty much the same information we have and so when early on our military and intelligence units had an advantage, that is no longer the case", David Livingston, TheSpaceShow (online)

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ISBN: 978-1-4419-6937-8; Chinese language ISBN: 978-7-121-24347-9