Special Issue "Spatial Data Acquisition, Handling, and Analysis in Agro-Geoinformatics"


A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Georg Bareth

GIS & RS Group, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, D-50923 Cologne, Germany
Website: http://www.geographie.uni-koeln.de/gis
Fax: +49-221-470-1638
Interests: low-weight UAVs; hyperspectral and multisepctral remote sensing; field spectrometry; terrestrial lasercanning; 3D analysis; plant biomass; plant nitrogen; change detection; matter fluxes; precision agriculture; spatial data management
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Fei Yuan

Department of Geography, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN 56001, USA
Website: http://mavdisk.mnsu.edu/yuanf/
Fax: +1-507-389-2980
Interests: remote sensing; GIS; resource mapping; monitoring; management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues:

In the last two decades, spatial data acquisition, management, analysis, and visualization have become more important in precision agriculture. Relevant remote sensing data have been collected by satellite, airborne, and mobile remote and proximal sensing platforms. Such data supplement spatial data on management, soil, elevation, topography, and weather. Meanwhile, big data processing has been a major research focus.

Recently, farmers and service providers have had to handle large amounts of spatial data, which are used for spatial decision support in an agricultural context. In many cases, Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS) are used for data management. However, these systems often lack the capabilities of the latest developments, such as Web Map Services (WMS) or Sensor Observation Services (SOS). Moreover, automatic data mining functionalities for available remote sensing or geo-data are usually excluded. In the agricultural decision making process, geoinformation on agricultural-related objects and processes (i.e., agro-geoinformation), is becoming more and more important. Nowadays, farmers and service providers rely on such information technologies to increase yields and marginal incomes, and to address challenges, such as sustainable resource protection, traceability of products, and quality issues, which are set by policies and industries. Therefore, it is imperative to investigate how far the latest developments in agro-geoinformatics and remote and proximal sensing can be applied for agricultural monitoring, management, and decision making.

Consequently, this Special Issue focuses on Progress in Agro-Geoinformatics. The emphasis of this issue includes, but is not limited to, significant improvements in data capture, management, analysis, interoperability, standardization, and assimilation. Additionally, agriculturally related spatial models for crop growth, matter fluxes, and water processes, which support decision making, are also within the scope of this issue. Prospective authors are invited to contribute to this Special Issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information by submitting an original manuscript. Contributions may focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Mapping, monitoring, and managing agricultural ecosystems
  • Satellite-, airborne-, and UAV/UAS-based imaging
  • Spatial data handling and management for agriculture
  • Agro-ecosystem modeling
  • Crop growth and yield modeling
  • Data assimilation
  • Precision agriculture
  • Proximal sensing: terrestrial and mobile approaches
  • hyperspectral sensing
  • Thermal sensing
  • Fluorescence sensing
  • Microwave sensing
  • Laser scanning/LIDAR
  • Sensor development
  • Sensor networks
  • Geostatistics
  • Land cover and land use changes (LULCC)
  • monitoring water fluxes in agricultural ecosystems
  • Agricultural disaster monitoring
  • Matter fluxes of agricultural ecosystems
  • Agricultural Information Systems (AIS)
  • Farm Management Systems (FMS)
  • Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS)
  • Data standards

Prof. Dr. Georg Bareth
Prof. Dr. Fei Yuan
Guest Editors


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  • agro-geoinformatics
  • remote sensing
  • GIS
  • agro-ecosystem modeling
  • spatial decision support system (SDSS)
  • farm management information systems (FMIS)
  • spatial data management
  • data services
  • monitoring
  • yield
  • biomass
  • nitrogen
  • nutrients
  • crops
  • pasture
  • soil
  • land use
  • crop rotations
  • change detection
  • phenology
  • sensor networks
  • sensor web
  • UAV
  • RGB
  • multispectral
  • hyperspectral
  • laser scanning
  • thermal
  • fluorescence
  • vegetation indices
  • data standards
  • spatio-temporal patterns
  • accuracy and precision
  • error propagation

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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(2), 626-646; doi:10.3390/ijgi4020626
Received: 11 December 2014 / Revised: 1 April 2015 / Accepted: 7 April 2015 / Published: 20 April 2015
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(1), 385-399; doi:10.3390/ijgi4010385
Received: 30 November 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2015 / Published: 18 March 2015
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(1), 236-261; doi:10.3390/ijgi4010236
Received: 3 September 2014 / Revised: 7 November 2014 / Accepted: 7 January 2015 / Published: 3 February 2015
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(2), 507-522; doi:10.3390/ijgi3020507
Received: 6 February 2014 / Revised: 10 March 2014 / Accepted: 19 March 2014 / Published: 2 April 2014
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