Special Issue "Remote Sensing Dedicated to Geographical Conditions Monitoring"


A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jixian Zhang
Research Center of Geographical Conditions Monitoring, Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, Beijing 100830, China
E-Mail: jxzhang@casm.ac.cn
Interests: photogrammetry and remote sensing, geographical conditions monitoring, etc.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Geographical conditions are parts of national conditions. The objective for proposing this concept is to emphasize recognizing the national situation from a geographical perspective, and to advocate study of the national situation based on the integrative analytics of the geographical–social–economic comprehensive data, so as to reveal the spatial–temporal evolution pattern and the inherent variation relationships concerning natural, economic and social development at different scales in China.

The geographical conditions cover such aspects as the territorial and geographical characteristics of the country, topography and geomorphology, road networks, distribution of rivers and lakes, land cover, urban layout and expansion, environmental and ecological conditions, and the spatial features of productivity. Geographical conditions monitoring (GeoCM) aims to monitor all kinds of indexes for every aspect mentioned above in a dynamic and quantitative way, and to analyze the changes of indexes from the quantity and frequency, distribution characteristics, regional differences and trends, thereby achieving objective, comprehensive and geographicaldescriptionsof the spatial distributions and spatio-temporal changes of natural, economic and social factors.

Until now, many countries have carried out projects related to GeoCM. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched a five-year plan entitled “Geographic Analysis and Monitoring Program” (GAM) in 2002 which is still running now. On 12 March 2013, the European Parliament adopted regulations establishing the Copernicus Programme, known as the European programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation. In Japan, in addition to developing basic surveying and mapping services, authorities are also responsible for disaster monitoring, urban landscape monitoring, ground movement monitoring, and land use monitoring, as key projects and distribute the results through thematic maps, internet maps, and reports. Besides the above GeoCM activities, several continental or even global-scale monitoring activities have been conducted in recent years. This special issue will provide some exploratory papers in relation to the theory, methodology, techniques and applications of GeoCM. Relative aspects and topics include the following:.

  • Progress-visions for GeoCM frameworks, policies, and standards;
  • Multi-source data fusion for GeoCM;
  • Geographical information extraction algorithms and methodologies;
  • Large area land cover mapping;
  • Land over change detection from multi-temporal data sets;
  • High performance computing algorithms applied for GeoCM;
  • lReliable analysis and quality control of GeoCM;
  • Geo-statistical analysis and assessment;
  • Spatio-temporal modeling and analysis;
  • Typical GeoCM, such as ecology and environment monitoring, urban sprawl monitoring, etc.;
  • Geo-visualization for GeoCM

Prof. Dr. Jixian Zhang
Guest Editor


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  • geographical conditions monitoring
  • image classification
  • land cover and land use
  • feature extraction
  • data fusion
  • change detection (including 3D change detection)
  • urban sprawl
  • statistical analysis
  • spatio -temporal data
  • spatial data mining
  • decision modeling
  • data quality and reliable analysis
  • high-performance computation

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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(9), 8446-8467; doi:10.3390/rs6098446
Received: 14 April 2014; in revised form: 1 September 2014 / Accepted: 2 September 2014 / Published: 5 September 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(9), 7933-7951; doi:10.3390/rs6097933
Received: 9 April 2014; in revised form: 28 July 2014 / Accepted: 29 July 2014 / Published: 26 August 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(7), 6039-6063; doi:10.3390/rs6076039
Received: 4 April 2014; in revised form: 17 June 2014 / Accepted: 19 June 2014 / Published: 27 June 2014
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