Special Issue "Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing Techniques for Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Beniamino Murgante

School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, 10 Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Website: http://www.unibas.it/utenti/murgante/Benny.html
Interests: spatial planning; spatial simulation; geodemographics; geographic data analysis of socio-economic and population data; planning 2.0; participation 2.0; e-democracy; e-participation
Guest Editor
Dr. Giuseppe Borruso

DEAMS - Department of Economic, Business, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Trieste, Via A. Valerio, 4/1, 34127 Trieste, Italy
Fax: +39 040 558 7009
Interests: GIS; spatial analysis; geostatistics; network spatial analysis; GI & socioeconomics; economic and business geography; retail geography; geodemographics
Guest Editor
Dr. Maurizio Pollino

ENEA-Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Earth Observations and Analyses Lab (UTMEA-TER), Casaccia Research Centre, Via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Rome, Italy
Website: http://utmea.enea.it/people/pollino/
Fax: +39 06 3048 3362
Interests: remote sensing; GIS; WebGIS; spatial analysis; land use/land cover analysis; urban planning; landscape metrics and indices; DSS-Decision Support Systems; natural hazards; vulnerability analysis and risk assessment
Guest Editor
Dr. Federico Martellozzo

Labex Futurs Urbains-Université Paris Est, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, LVMT-Bâtiment Bienvenue, 6 et 8 avenue Blaise Pascal, 77455 Marne la Vallée Cedex 2, France
Website: http://www.lvmt.fr/martellozzo-federico?lang=en
Fax: +39 06 3048 3362
Interests: land-cover change; urban sprawl; sustainable development; human consumption of resources and Earth's resilience; fuel vulnerability; food security

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The ensemble of GI methodologies—mainly Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS)—are fundamental tools for observing and investigating the dynamics of territorial phenomena. Such phenomena include urban sprawl, soil degradation and consumption, changes in land cover patterns, landscape fragmentation, etc. Thus, these methodologies enrich the geographical information available and support the development of more exhaustive environmental assessments. The aforementioned phenomena to be studied touch upon issues that are critical in our current “anthropocene” age. The world population is growing at an unprecedented pace, and the rural-to-urban population shift does not seem to be stopping anytime soon. Moreover, human activities are still the major cause of global environmental change. We believe GI technologies constitute an essential backbone for implementing interdisciplinary methodological workflows, so as to provide for and deepen our understanding of human/environment interrelations.

GI techniques represent the core of this sort of analysis, and constitute an efficient way of correlating several dimensions (such as territorial, ecological, socio-economic, etc.). These techniques thus foster sustainable development planning and monitoring.

The current wide diffusion of electronic devices that contain geo-referenced information has resulted in the mass production and availability of spatial data. In fact, Volunteered Geographic Information activities (e.g., OpenStreetMap, Wikimapia, etc.), public initiatives (e.g., Open data, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Geo-portals, etc.) and private projects (e.g., Google Earth, Bing Maps, etc.) have all contributed to an overabundance of spatial data. On the one hand, the base of information available has greatly expanded; but on the other hand, this might also result in increased system complexity, longer computing times, decreased efficiency for the research framework, and more complex decision-making processes. The increase of geographical data availability has not been fully coupled with an increase of knowledge to support spatial decisions. Spatial modelling, Geo-Computational techniques, and geographical analyses are therefore required for data analysis and for facilitating the decision-making process at all levels.

This Special Issue aims to provide an innovative and original contribution to the on-going debate in regards to the above mentioned issues. Furthermore, it will focus on the process of geo-spatial knowledge acquisition, as accomplished through the development of new techniques and methods, which has the goal of efficiently supporting policy decision-making and urban/regional planning at all scales.

Dr. Beniamino Murgante
Dr. Giuseppe Borruso
Dr. Maurizio Pollino
Dr. Federico Martellozzo
Guest Editors


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  • geographic Information (GI) technologies and Systems
  • GeoComputation
  • remote sensing
  • geomatics
  • spatial data analysis
  • simulation models and techniques
  • geo-statistics and spatial simulation
  • space-temporal Modelling
  • geo-visual analytics, visual exploratory data analysis
  • environmental Modelling
  • spatial Decision Support Systems
  • geomatics for Risk Assessment and Emergency Management
  • sustainable Development
  • sustainable urban and landscape planning
  • smart Cities

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p. 1265-1289
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(3), 1265-1289; doi:10.3390/ijgi4031265
Received: 16 December 2014 / Revised: 23 June 2015 / Accepted: 20 July 2015 / Published: 28 July 2015
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(4), 1412-1444; doi:10.3390/ijgi3041412
Received: 5 June 2014 / Revised: 18 November 2014 / Accepted: 26 November 2014 / Published: 18 December 2014
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(3), 1101-1117; doi:10.3390/ijgi3031101
Received: 19 May 2014 / Revised: 1 August 2014 / Accepted: 26 August 2014 / Published: 10 September 2014
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(3), 980-1002; doi:10.3390/ijgi3030980
Received: 23 December 2013 / Revised: 4 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 21 July 2014
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(3), 914-928; doi:10.3390/ijgi3030914
Received: 27 February 2014 / Revised: 5 June 2014 / Accepted: 2 July 2014 / Published: 14 July 2014
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