Remote sensing has several definitions. Perhaps the best definition that covers what we do is: "analysis and interpretation of imagery with the aim of inferring the properties of objects within those images."
The above image is an example of remote sensing. Here we used aerial imagery to interpret where brush exists within a grassland. The magenta objects are brush.
From this analysis we can state that within this frame, 17.5% of the area is covered by brush canopy. This type of information is actionable; that is, when compared with other areas, land managers can make informed management decisions.
This type of remote sensing analysis is called classification analysis, and serves as an example. There are dozens of applications resulting in actionable information from remote sensing; however, the Quiet Creek focuses on those applications in the plant and earth sciences.