Special Issue "Historic Settlement and Landscape Analysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Hendrik Herold

Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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Interests: geoinformatics; image analysis (historical map image processing, remote sensing); land change; spatiotemporal information retrieval; uncertainty modeling; geocomputation
Guest Editor
Dr. Martin Behnisch

Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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Interests: spatial analysis; geographic knowledge discovery; urban data mining; spatial science; quantitative geography; multivariate data analysis; research on building stocks and land consumption
Guest Editor
Dr. Robert Hecht

Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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Interests: urban structure analysis; building stock analysis; population mapping; urban green; VGI; data quality aspects; remote sensing; geovisualization
Guest Editor
Dr. Stefan Leyk

Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
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Phone: +1-303-492-4695
Interests: demographic small area estimation; information extraction and pattern analysis; spatio-temporal modeling; uncertainty modeling and integration; fuzzy set logic in GIScience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Land Use Symposium (ILUS) will be held from 1–3 November, 2017 in Dresden, Germany.

The symposium brings together leading academics and interested attendees for presentations, discussions, and collaborative networking in the fields of spatial sciences, environmental studies, geography, cartography, GIScience, urban planning, and architecture. In particular, the interdisciplinary meeting will examine new ideas in overlapping fields of studies with the goal of advancing our understanding of built-up areas, and how recent developments in spatial analysis and modeling can lead to sustainable resource management, a better support of planning and regional development, enhanced spatial information and knowledge, and optimized strategies, instruments, and tools. The symposium and a pre-conference workshop on Big Data Analytics (http://ilus2017.ioer.info/workshop.html) will be organized by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden.

This Special Issue is organized in conjunctions with the symposium session “Historic Settlement and Landscape Analysis”. The aim of this Special Issue is to publish original research and review papers in order to stimulate discussions on recent trends in retrospective urban and landscape change research. Research on the historical evolution of settlements and landscapes has a long scientific tradition. The session invites contributions regarding theoretical foundations of Land Change Science, methodical concepts, and application-oriented works in this research field. Theoretical contributions may include concepts, ontologies, and critical reviews of the field. Methodical contributions may include algorithms for the data acquisition from historical data sources (i.e., old maps, archival satellite imagery, documents, etc.), such as map image processing, machine learning, but also crowdsourcing approaches; algorithms for the integration of multi-temporal and multi-scale data sources; and for change detection and uncertainty estimation for spatiotemporal modeling. Application-oriented contributions may comprise landscape change analyses and ecosystems services, patterns of urban sprawl and growth, historical demography, calibration of land-use change and climate models, digital humanities (archaeology, etc.), and research on land change (4D) visualizations using historical geodata. We welcome short-term (i.e., decades) investigations, as well as long-term (i.e., centuries, Anthropocene) studies.

Specifically, the topics of interest include (but are not limited to):


  • Information acquisition from historical data sources (old maps, historical imagery, documents, etc.)
  • Image analysis, map processing, crowd-sourcing, cartographic pattern recognition, machine learning
  • Semantic and geometric data integration, conflation, data fusion, multi-representation databases
  • Spatiotemporal modeling and analysis
  • Change detection and uncertainty modeling
  • Quality assessment and validation of historical geodata


  • Settlement development and building stock dynamics
  • Historical demography and small-scale population estimation
  • Environmental reconstruction and retrospective monitoring
  • Quantification and visualization landscape change
  • Historical proxies for geosimulation and climate modeling
  • Historical GIS and geovisualisation

Conference Information

Title: International Land Use Symposium (ILUS) 2017
Website: http://www.ilus2017.ioer.info
Date: November 1–3, 2017
Location: Dresden, Germany

The special issue is open for both symposium participants as well as other contributions related to the given topics.

Dr. Hendrik Herold
Dr. Martin Behnisch
Dr. Robert Hecht
Dr. Stefan Leyk
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Land Change Science
  • Historical GIS
  • Historical Maps
  • Geosimulation
  • Data Integration
  • Research on Building Stocks
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Spatiotemporal Modelling
  • Retrospective Monitoring

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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