Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Peatlands"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2013)
Prof. Dr. Florian Siegert
Biology Department II, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich, Grosshadenerstr. 2, 82152 Planegg-Martinsried, Germany
Fax: +49 (0) 89 5902 450
Interests: earth observation; global change; climate change; ecology; biodiversity; nature conservation; natural disasters; digital image processing; remote sensing; Geographical Information system (GIS)
Peat is dead organic matter occurring largely in poorly draining environments. It forms at all altitudes and climates. Peatlands cover only approx. 3% of the global land surface (about 4 million km²) but store one-third of the global soil carbon.
Worldwide peatlands are drained in order to expand agricultural land or for the plantation industry. If peat is drained for agriculture or plantations it quickly decomposes, resulting in large emissions of CO2 and N2O into the atmosphere. Drained and degrading peatlands produce 6% of all global anthropogenic CO2 emissions.
Of special importance in the context of GHG emissions are tropical peat swamp forests because of their huge carbon store. Due to fast conversion to oil palm and other huge emissions results from tropical peatlands.
Remote sensing as an advanced technique has been more and more applied to peatlands studies. This special issue is dedicated to publish state-of-the-art studies on remote sensing in peatlands as well as comprehensive literature reviews.
Prof. Dr. Florian Siegert
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mapping of peatlands drainage
peat carbon store
peat thickness measurements
fires on peatlands
impact of fire, drainage