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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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