Special Issue "Remote Sensing in Coastal Environments"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016)
Dr. Deepak R. Mishra
Department of Geography, University of Georgia, 210 Field Street, Rm 212B, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Interests: Water quality (inland waters, estuaries, coastal, and open ocean waters); Wetlands health, productivity, and carbon sequestration; Benthic habitat mapping, Cyber-innovated environmental sensing
Dr. Richard W. Gould, Jr.
Head, Bio-Optical/Physical Processes and Remote Sensing Section, Naval Research Laboratory Code 7331; Building 1009; Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, USA
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Interests: remote sensing of ocean bio-optical properties; ocean color algorithm development and uncertainty analysis; optical water mass classification; ocean vertical structure from lidar; coupled bio-optical/physical processes; linking satellite and in situ data with modeling to forecast ocean properties; coastal hypoxia; harmful algal blooms
Coastal ecosystems are regions of remarkable primary and secondary productivity, biodiversity, and high accessibility. Apart from supporting numerous physical and biological processes, they also act as recreational, leisure, and tourism centers. Encompassing a broad range of habitat types and harboring a wealth of species and genetic diversity, coastal ecosystems perform numerous vital ecosystem functions. In addition to serving as nursery grounds for many birds and aquatic organisms, coastal ecosystems play roles in regulating: global hydrology and climate; the biological, physical, and chemical modifications of the water column, sediment, and submerged and emergent vegetation; the storage and cycling of nutrients; the filtration of pollutants from inland freshwater systems; and the protection of shorelines from erosion and storms. Consequently, there is a need for accurate, cost effective, frequent, and synoptic methods of characterizing and monitoring these complex ecosystems.
Remote sensing from in situ, airborne, and space-borne platforms satisfies the aforementioned criteria and offers large scale data acquisition at regular temporal frequencies, so as to monitor coastal environments. This Special Issue on “Remote Sensing in Coastal Environments” is specifically aimed at addressing challenges related to assessing, quantifying, and monitoring near-shore shallow marine and open ocean processes, ecosystem productivity and biodiversity, interrelationships between vegetation and water quality, and the impact of sea level rise. Authors are encouraged to submit articles with respect to the following topics:
- coastal mangroves, tidal wetlands (productivity, carbon flux, up-scaling techniques)
- coupled bio-optical/physical processes (cdom/sediment dynamics, red tide, floating algae)
- ocean properties and algorithm development (optical water mass classification; vertical structure)
- coastal hypoxia
- sea level rise impact on coastal environments
- coastal and marine biodiversity and benthic habitats (corals, seagrass, benthic algae)
- lidar and unmanned aerial vehicles (uav) in coastal research (application of structure from motion (sfm) techniques)
- big data remote sensing and cloud computing in coastal research
- applications of hyperspectral and/or high spatial resolution sensors
- integrating remote sensing into coupled coastal biophysical forecast models
Deepak R. Mishra
Richard W. Gould, Jr.
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