Special Issue "Remote Sensing to Assess Canopy Structure and Function"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 September 2018
The canopy is a fundamental component of vegetation. The structure of the canopy has a critical role in the many functional properties of vegetation, for example, interior complexity, habitat quality and microclimate; vegetation type, stage, spatial organization and disturbance regime; ecosystem processes involving energy, water and carbon. Structure not only constrains and indicates functions but also is often easier to measure than function. Understanding the links between structure and function can be critical for scaling and modelling. From a remote sensing perspective, the outer canopy is the part of vegetation primarily observed. Here, we define canopy structure as the arrangement of the aboveground components of vegetation in time and space.
We invite researchers to submit articles describing new methods, findings and insights for a Special Issue on Remote Sensing of Canopy Structure and Function. The submissions can be based on various platforms (drone, airborne or satellite), sensors (LIDAR, RADAR, spectral, digital image aggregations), and structural attributes of interest (height, total surface area, cover, texture, spatial arrangement). We suspect most reports will focus on forests; studies on other sorts of vegetation are appreciated.
Especially welcome are the following: 1.) analyses based on the fusion of qualitatively different sensors, especially when co-located (for example, LIDAR-hyperspectral systems such as the NASA G-LiHT or the NEON AOP)—how do structural and reflective properties interact? 2.) studies of structure combining both remotely sensed information and ground observations—are these viewpoints complementary? 3.) investigations combining data of different inherent spatial scales—how can these be integrated? 4.) considerations of canopy regions not readily perceived remotely—what can be learned about canopy interior structure? 5.) examination of structural variation in time—how can we distinguish and quantify changes? We particularly encourage submissions that identify and explore a mechanistic basis of the connection between important canopy structural features and the performance of the remote sensor.
Dr. Geoffrey Parker
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