Special Issue "Global Croplands"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 February 2010)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail
Research Geographer 15, United States Geological Survey (USGS), 2255, N. Gemini Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
E-Mail: pthenkabail@usgs.gov
Phone: +1 928 556 7221
Fax: +1 928 556 7169
Interests: remote sensing applications to: (a) agriculture, (b) water resources, (c) wetlands, (d) droughts, (e) land use\\land cover, (f) forestry, (g) natural resources management, and (h) environments; global mapping of croplands (irrigated and rainfed); hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation; characterization of large river basins and deltas; wetland characterization and mapping; terrestrial Carbon storage and flux

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the era of green revolution fast fading, the world is looking at innovative approaches to curb potentially catastrophic effects of a looming long-term food crisis. Food security is tightly linked to croplands and their water use. More recently, other factors have come into play: conversion of croplands to bio-fuel lands and urban lands, loss of croplands to salinization and soil erosion, changing cropping patterns, production limits of existing crop varieties, and above all climate change. As a result, increases in grain production are becoming more difficult to achieve. Further, increasing cropland areas to grow more food is not an option given environmental and ecological impacts. So, we need to answer a central question: how do we grow more food from existing croplands and water resources and continue to feed the ballooning populations expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 from current 6 billion?

The greatest quantity of water used by humans is for producing food from croplands. For example, nearly 80% of all blue water (water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and ground water) used by humans is for growing food in irrigated croplands. Similarly, overwhelming proportion of the green water (water in soil moisture) used by humans is for producing food from rainfed croplands. However, water used by croplands is a complex phenomenon and depends on crop types, soil types, latitudelocation, type of irrigation, and a host of other issues. So, a proper understanding of these issues need us to inter-link croplands to water use, and food production considering a changing climate and keeping in view environmental sustainability, ecological integrity, and continued robust growth of economy.

In order to address above issues of great significance for humanity, we need to put collective knowledge of the best experts working in the area to facilitate solutions for generations to come.
Thereby, this special issue on “Global Croplands” by Journal “Remote Sensing” is an effort to bring together the collective knowledge base of the best experts involved in ensuring our food security for future generations. Given this, the overarching goal of this special volume will be to ensure that these diverse state-of-art knowledge base is available in one place for decision makers, experts, and other users in order to make use of the same and to advance our knowledge further to find smart solutions to overcome food crisis and produce in plenty for future generations. Thereby, I would like to seek articles from best multi-disciplinary experts addressing multitude of issues that are of relevance to ensure a food secure world for many generations to come. Specific topics may include:

Global cropland areas

  • irrigated
  • rainfed
Methods of mapping croplands
  • Remote sensing: At various spatial, spectral, radiometric, and temporal resolutions
  • Non-remote sensing
Water use
  • linking croplands to water use
  • surface energy balance models
  • other approaches like water balance
  • water use assessments without use of thermal data
Water productivity mapping
  • Remote sensing approaches
  • Non remote sensing approaches
Green water
  • link to rainfed croplands and food production
Blue water
  • link to irrigated croplands and food production
Green revolution
  • achievements, current stagnation, future growth possibilities
Blue revolution
  • opportunities
  • Food security model
Economy
  • linking economy to croplands, water use, and food security
Accuracies and errors
  • in mapping, modeling, and assessments
Other topics relevant to above introduction are welcome.

Prasad S. Thenkabail, Ph. D.
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • croplands
  • water
  • remote sensing
  • global: food security
  • surface energy balance models
  • water productivity
  • spatial modeling
  • agriculture
  • economy
  • irrigated croplands
  • rainfed croplands
  • climate change

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p. 2274-2304
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(9), 2274-2304; doi:10.3390/rs2092274
Received: 29 July 2010; in revised form: 15 September 2010 / Accepted: 25 September 2010 / Published: 27 September 2010
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(9), 2305-2312; doi:10.3390/rs2092305
Received: 6 September 2010; in revised form: 17 September 2010 / Published: 27 September 2010
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p. 2185-2239
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(9), 2185-2239; doi:10.3390/rs2092185
Received: 25 July 2010; in revised form: 3 September 2010 / Accepted: 3 September 2010 / Published: 16 September 2010
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p. 1998-2016
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(8), 1998-2016; doi:10.3390/rs2081998
Received: 25 June 2010; in revised form: 29 July 2010 / Accepted: 30 July 2010 / Published: 24 August 2010
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p. 1973-1997
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(8), 1973-1997; doi:10.3390/rs2081973
Received: 30 June 2010; in revised form: 16 August 2010 / Accepted: 17 August 2010 / Published: 23 August 2010
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p. 1844-1863
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(7), 1844-1863; doi:10.3390/rs2071844
Received: 25 May 2010; in revised form: 18 July 2010 / Accepted: 18 July 2010 / Published: 21 July 2010
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p. 1625-1643
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(7), 1625-1643; doi:10.3390/rs2071625
Received: 20 April 2010; in revised form: 14 June 2010 / Accepted: 18 June 2010 / Published: 24 June 2010
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p. 1589-1609
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(6), 1589-1609; doi:10.3390/rs2061589
Received: 19 April 2010; in revised form: 7 June 2010 / Accepted: 8 June 2010 / Published: 18 June 2010
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p. 1463-1480
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(6), 1463-1480; doi:10.3390/rs2061463
Received: 10 April 2010; in revised form: 25 May 2010 / Accepted: 26 May 2010 / Published: 1 June 2010
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(5), 1287-1319; doi:10.3390/rs0251287
Received: 3 February 2010; in revised form: 29 March 2010 / Accepted: 14 April 2010 / Published: 6 May 2010
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p. 1177-1196
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(4), 1177-1196; doi:10.3390/rs2041177
Received: 10 February 2010; in revised form: 20 April 2010 / Accepted: 21 April 2010 / Published: 26 April 2010
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p. 1057-1076
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(4), 1057-1076; doi:10.3390/rs2041057
Received: 16 January 2010; in revised form: 24 March 2010 / Accepted: 25 March 2010 / Published: 9 April 2010
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p. 1035-1056
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(4), 1035-1056; doi:10.3390/rs2041035
Received: 17 February 2010; in revised form: 22 March 2010 / Accepted: 23 March 2010 / Published: 8 April 2010
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p. 861-873
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(3), 861-873; doi:10.3390/rs2030861
Received: 27 January 2010; in revised form: 8 March 2010 / Accepted: 9 March 2010 / Published: 22 March 2010
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p. 758-776
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(3), 758-776; doi:10.3390/rs2030758
Received: 22 December 2009; in revised form: 4 March 2010 / Accepted: 5 March 2010 / Published: 11 March 2010
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p. 673-696
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(3), 673-696; doi:10.3390/rs2030673
Received: 31 December 2009; in revised form: 29 January 2010 / Accepted: 13 February 2010 / Published: 1 March 2010
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p. 562-578
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(2), 562-578; doi:10.3390/rs2020562
Received: 25 December 2009; in revised form: 5 February 2010 / Accepted: 8 February 2010 / Published: 23 February 2010
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(2), 497-513; doi:10.3390/rs2020497
Received: 16 December 2009; in revised form: 26 January 2010 / Accepted: 27 January 2010 / Published: 2 February 2010
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p. 211-261
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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(1), 211-261; doi:10.3390/rs2010211
Received: 6 November 2009; in revised form: 26 November 2009 / Accepted: 2 January 2010 / Published: 4 January 2010
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p. 1273-1297
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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 1273-1297; doi:10.3390/rs1041273
Received: 13 October 2009; in revised form: 19 November 2009 / Accepted: 3 December 2009 / Published: 10 December 2009
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p. 1125-1138
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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 1125-1138; doi:10.3390/rs1041125
Received: 3 September 2009; in revised form: 30 October 2009 / Accepted: 19 November 2009 / Published: 20 November 2009
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p. 818-828
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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 818-828; doi:10.3390/rs1040818
Received: 4 September 2009; in revised form: 1 October 2009 / Accepted: 19 October 2009 / Published: 28 October 2009
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