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The recording of information about objects by the use of a device not in physical contact with the object. The word remote is derived from the Latin word remotus and describes an object situated at some distance away. Remote-sensing (RS) devices are commonly mounted on a satellite (Fig. 1), spacecraft, airplane, uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone), buoy, or ship and can use the full electromagnetic spectrum from short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV) light through visible, infrared, and microwave wavelengths to detect properties of distant objects or areas.
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