Special Issue "Remote Sensing in Support of Environmental Policy"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2011)
Dr. Audrey L. Mayer (Website)
Department of Social Sciences & School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, Michigan Technological University, 209 AOB, Social Sciences 1400 Townsend Dr. Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Interests: landscape ecology; land use land cover change; biodiversity assessment; biodiversity conservation; remote sensing for environmental policy; conservation policy; large scale impacts of individual decisions; sustainability science; sustainability assessment
Remotely sensed data are increasingly used (with varying success) for the monitoring and regulation of existing environmental policies, particularly those that occur at scales over which site visits are prohibitive. These policies govern deforestation and carbon balances, air and water pollution, urban sprawl and loss of agricultural land, and habitat destruction of threatened species, to name a few. As environmental degradation is made more visible and quantifiable, remote sensing data may also generate support for new policies. This issue will cover: the strengths and weaknesses of the existing use of remote sensing data in policy creation, implementation, evaluation, and enforcement; future advances in technology and applications; and unresolved issues including scale mismatch between available data and policy boundaries, legal implications (such as for private property rights), and the tenuous support for space programs that underpin all remote sensing efforts.
Dr. Audrey L. Mayer
- carbon emissions
- environmental monitoring and assessment
- environmental policy
- remote sensing
- satellite images
- space program