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Global Positioning Systems, Inertial Navigation, and Integration  
By Mohinder S. Grewal, Lawrence R. Weill & Angus P. Andrews. This book is organized for use as a text for an introductory course in GPS technology at the senior level or as a first-year graduate level course in GPS, INS, and Kalman filtering. It provides engineers, computer scientists, and others with a working familiarity with the theory and contemporary applications of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Inertial Navigational Systems (INS), and Kalman filters. Throughout, the focus is on solving real-world problems, with an emphasis on the effective use of state-of-the-art integration techniques for those systems, especially the application of Kalman filtering. To that end, the authors explore the various subtleties, common failures, and inherent limitations of the theory as it applies to real-world situations, and provide numerous detailed application examples and practice problems, including GPS-aided INS, modeling of gyros and accelerometers, and WAAS and LAAS.
Submitted: Jun 02, 2001
Linear Algebra, Geodesy, and GPS  
By Gilbert Strang & Kai Borre, ISBN 0-9614088-6-3 This book offers a combined treatment of the science of Geodesy (the measurementof heights and angles and distances on the Earth) and the modern technologyof global positioning systems (GPS) . It explores the issue of how toaccount for measurement error and redundant yet inconsistent information.The approach, and the text are based on linear algebra, the fundamentaltool in positioning calculations. The sections on Geodesy cover the correctweightings for observation errors and the development of least squares.Finally, GPS is described at several levels: first, the basic structureof the GPS system; then, the algorithms that yield accurate positionsfrom inaccurate pseudoranges; and finally, the Kalman filtering that providessuperior accuracy in postprocessing a long series of observations.CompanionSoftware: The authors have developed a set of MATLAB M-files that maybe retrieved from http://www.i4.auc.dk/borre/matlab/.
Submitted: Dec 24, 2003
Elements of Physical Hydrology  
By George M. Hornberger / Jeffrey P. Raffensperger & Keith N. Eshleman, ISBN 0-8018-5857-7 In this intoductory level text, the authors begin from the premise thatthe complexities of modern hydrology can be mastered by understandingbasic physical principles of fluid movement. Focusing first on analysisat the scale of a single watershed, they then introduce the mechanicsof fluids in closed conduits and open channels. They reevaluate catchmentprocesses in light of fluid mechanics, open channel hydraulics, and groundwaterflow. In a concluding chapter, they stress the importance of understandingwater movement in the environment by exploring the relationship of hydrologyto such disciplines as atmospheric science, ecology, and geology.
Submitted: Dec 24, 2003
Population Ecology: An Introduction to Computer Simulations  
By Ruth Bernstein. Written for undergraduate students in ecology, population biology, or conservation, this book discusses population dynamics through time using computer simulations. The book focuses on biology rather than mathematical procedures, and teaches the programming and analyzing skills students need to create their own models of population change. MATLAB and the Symbolic Math Toolbox are used throughout the book to solve example problems.
Submitted: Feb 09, 2004
Climate Under Cover, 2e  
By Tadashi Takakura & Wei Fang. Written for graduate students and scientists in the agricultural and biological sciences, this book presents simulation techniques used in the greenhouse industry. Topics covered include the heat balance of bare ground, covering materials, solar radiation, temperature environments under cover, and plant response to the environment. MATLAB is used throughout the book to develop mathematical models of the topics discussed.
Submitted: Feb 09, 2004
Modeling Tools for Environmental Engineers and Scientists  
By N. Nirmalakhandan. Written for upper-level students and professionals, this book allows nonprogrammers to develop computer-based mathematical models for natural and engineered environmental systems. The book illustrates, with numerous examples, how software can be applied in analyzing and simulating environmental systems. MATLAB and Simulink are used to develop and analyze numerous models throughout the book.
Submitted: Feb 09, 2004
Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves: Theories and Applications  
By Leung Tsang, Jin Au Kong & Kung-Hau Ding. This book introduces the fundamental theory of electromagnetic wave scattering and covers its application in areas such as atomic physics, medical imaging, geoscience, and remote sensing. While the emphasis of this book is on remote sensing applications, it also applies to researchers in the fields of composite materials, photonic devices, optical thin films, lasers, optical tomography, and x-ray lithography.
Submitted: Feb 09, 2004

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