Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Land Degradation in Drylands"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Arnon Karnieli
The Remote Sensing Laboratory, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boker Campus 84990, Israel
Website: http://www.bgu.ac.il/bidr/research/phys/remote/Personnel/Arnon.htm
Fax: +972 8 6596 805
Interests: remote sensing, geographic information systems (gis), field spectroscopy, and image processing applications for desertification and climate change processes

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Dear Colleagues,

Climatically speaking, drylands are areas where water losses (e.g., evapotranspiration) exceed water gains (e.g., rainfall). Others might be chosen, but the most commonly used aridity index, proposed by UNEP, is defined by the ratio between mean annual precipitation and mean annual potential evapotranspiration. Accordingly, UNEP defines drylands as areas with an aridity index of less than 0.65. Drylands are subdivided into three zones: arid, semi-arid, and sub-humid, as the hyper-arid zone is excluded from this definition by UNCCD. Globally, drylands cover about 40% of the Earth’s land surface.

Remote sensing is a useful and powerful means for monitoring and exploring land surface changes and degradation and for producing dynamic information since satellites have the ability to cover vast and inaccessible areas and provides long-term repetitive data. Moreover, drylands have, most of the time, a relatively cloud-free sky and consequently the area is suitable for observation by all optical systems.

The forthcoming Special Issue on Remote Sensing of Land Degradation in Drylands calls for papers that present original research on land (soil and vegetation) degradation and desertification in drylands (and related subjects) using spectroscopy and remote sensing tools and techniques. Subjects include but are not limited to, the below-listed topics. Studies can cover various spatial scales from detailed-local (“hotspots”) to regional, and at different temporal time steps (e.g., single event observation, multi-temporal analysis, or time-series modeling). Papers concerning ground-level spectroscopy and all types of spaceborne systems are of interest for this issue.

Prof. Arnon Karnieli
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • vegetation degradation
  • land-use land-cover change in drylands
  • drought monitoring
  • salinization and waterlogging
  • soil compaction and soil crusting
  • wind erosion, aeolian processes, and dune encouragement
  • dust and sand storms
  • pest and diseases
  • water resources
  • water erosion
  • grazing and watering points
  • agriculture expansion and shift cultivation
  • human-induced desertification

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p. 8154-8179
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(6), 8154-8179; doi:10.3390/rs70608154
Received: 27 February 2015 / Revised: 5 June 2015 / Accepted: 11 June 2015 / Published: 19 June 2015
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p. 7597-7614
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(6), 7597-7614; doi:10.3390/rs70607597
Received: 11 February 2015 / Revised: 1 June 2015 / Accepted: 2 June 2015 / Published: 9 June 2015
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p. 6763-6783
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(6), 6763-6783; doi:10.3390/rs70606763
Received: 21 January 2015 / Accepted: 12 May 2015 / Published: 26 May 2015
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p. 5471-5494
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(5), 5471-5494; doi:10.3390/rs70505471
Received: 7 January 2015 / Revised: 14 April 2015 / Accepted: 20 April 2015 / Published: 30 April 2015
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p. 4391-4423
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(4), 4391-4423; doi:10.3390/rs70404391
Received: 25 December 2014 / Revised: 26 March 2015 / Accepted: 1 April 2015 / Published: 14 April 2015
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p. 4048-4067
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(4), 4048-4067; doi:10.3390/rs70404048
Received: 15 December 2014 / Revised: 24 March 2015 / Accepted: 27 March 2015 / Published: 2 April 2015
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p. 3863-3877
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(4), 3863-3877; doi:10.3390/rs70403863
Received: 6 December 2014 / Revised: 17 March 2015 / Accepted: 23 March 2015 / Published: 1 April 2015
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p. 2449-2470
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(3), 2449-2470; doi:10.3390/rs70302449
Received: 13 August 2014 / Revised: 15 January 2015 / Accepted: 15 February 2015 / Published: 2 March 2015
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p. 2283-2301
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(3), 2283-2301; doi:10.3390/rs70302283
Received: 29 July 2014 / Revised: 5 September 2014 / Accepted: 2 February 2015 / Published: 26 February 2015
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p. 1346-1358
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(2), 1346-1358; doi:10.3390/rs70201346
Received: 5 September 2014 / Revised: 5 September 2014 / Accepted: 21 January 2015 / Published: 26 January 2015
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p. 1021-1047
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(1), 1021-1047; doi:10.3390/rs70101021
Received: 11 June 2014 / Accepted: 12 January 2015 / Published: 16 January 2015
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p. 488-511
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(1), 488-511; doi:10.3390/rs70100488
Received: 21 May 2014 / Accepted: 23 December 2014 / Published: 6 January 2015
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p. 342-359
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(1), 342-359; doi:10.3390/rs70100342
Received: 29 May 2014 / Accepted: 2 December 2014 / Published: 30 December 2014
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p. 256-274
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(1), 256-274; doi:10.3390/rs70100256
Received: 15 August 2014 / Accepted: 15 December 2014 / Published: 25 December 2014
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p. 9552-9575
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(10), 9552-9575; doi:10.3390/rs6109552
Received: 6 August 2014 / Revised: 12 September 2014 / Accepted: 23 September 2014 / Published: 10 October 2014
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p. 9316-9339
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(10), 9316-9339; doi:10.3390/rs6109316
Received: 16 June 2014 / Revised: 5 September 2014 / Accepted: 9 September 2014 / Published: 29 September 2014
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p. 9130-9144
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(9), 9130-9144; doi:10.3390/rs6099130
Received: 19 March 2014 / Revised: 1 September 2014 / Accepted: 15 September 2014 / Published: 24 September 2014
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p. 8134-8164
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(9), 8134-8164; doi:10.3390/rs6098134
Received: 18 June 2014 / Revised: 28 July 2014 / Accepted: 6 August 2014 / Published: 28 August 2014
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p. 7469-7490
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(8), 7469-7490; doi:10.3390/rs6087469
Received: 16 April 2014 / Revised: 17 July 2014 / Accepted: 18 July 2014 / Published: 13 August 2014
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p. 4998-5018
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(6), 4998-5018; doi:10.3390/rs6064998
Received: 18 February 2014 / Revised: 19 May 2014 / Accepted: 19 May 2014 / Published: 30 May 2014
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