Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Forest Health"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2016)
Dr. Angela Lausch
Department of Landscape Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Permoserstr.15, D-04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Interests: remote sensing; spectral traits; spectral trait variation concepts; spatial-temporal process-pattern interactions; vegetation health; land-use intensity by RS; biodiversity mapping; essential biodiversity variables; remote sensing and GIS applications in water resources and catchment management; geo-semantic; linked spatial data
The significance of forest ecosystems, their role in ecosystem processes and services, their functioning and impacts on humanity is partially well understood. Increasing anthropogenic pressure on ecosystems, the exploitation of natural resources as well as pressure from a constantly expanding population and economic growth continue to put a strain on and irretrievably threaten global forest ecosystems.
Traditional approaches to forest monitoring have not been able to deliver a comprehensive, global and comparable monitoring system of forest ecosystems, their state and changes to such systems on different spatial, temporal and scaling levels.
In our rapidly changing environment and landscape, there is an increased focus on measuring, quantifying and modeling the state of our forests in a high temporal resolution based on space and airborne remote-sensing techniques. The great interest in using EO for mapping forest health is also driven by the fact that novel EO sensors will soon be available, such as the hyperspectral satellite EnMAP (to be launched in 2018), the ESA satellite FLEX (Fluorescence Explorer, to be launched in 2018), the laser-based instrument GEDI – Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation or LiDAR from NASA (to be launched in 2019), that will enable large-scale, long-term, standardized and spatially complete, continuous as well as affordable information that can be used for mapping, modelling and forecasting forest health, which is currently covered by comparable airborne-based sensors such as HySpex, AISA, APEX, LiDAR or thermal infrared sensors in space. Simultaneously, as a result of the increasing openness of Landsat data and Spot data archives, there is also the immediate and freely available remote-sensing data from the Copernicus Mission (sentinel 1-5) or EnMAP data and remote-sensing data products.
In order to compile existing research using remote-sensing techniques in the field of forest mapping, we would like to invite you to submit articles about your recent research with respect to the following topics:
- Remote Sensing of forest health: Methods for assessment and monitoring of forest mortality
- Remote Sensing: Spectral indicators for assessing of forest health
- Remote Sensing of forest health and protection
- Remote Sensing of forest health: Utilitarian and ecosystem services perspective
- Remote Sensing of forest health: Modelling and prognosis of pest infestation
- Monitoring structural and functional forest biodiversity indicators in context of forest heath with Remote Sensing
- Remote Sensing of forest structure: Physically based modelling for better mapping and quantification forest heath
- Remote Sensing: Roles of climate, air pollution, anthropogen pressures and disturbances on forest heath by remote sensing
- Remote Sensing of forest health: Enhanced forest inventory by remote sensing
- Comparison and evaluation of different remote sensing sensors and methods for assessing forest health.
- Improvement and evaluation of input data needed for the retrieval of forest health by remote sensing
- Review articles covering one or more of these topics are also welcome.
- Experiments for mapping forest health by remote sensing
- Forest resilience and global change processes by remote sensing: Monitoring the effects of air pollution and soil acidification
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Dr. Angela Lausch
Dr. Marco Heurich
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