Special Issue "Remote Sensing and GIS for Habitat Quality Monitoring"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Norbert Pfeifer
Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Chair EuroSDR Commission 2 “Image Analysis and Information Extraction”
Website: http://www.geo.tuwien.ac.at
E-Mail: norbert.pfeifer@geo.tuwien.ac.at
Phone: +43 58801 122 19
Fax: +43 58801 122 99
Interests: Earth observation with photogrammetry and laser scanning; information extraction from images; topographic and environmental modelling

Guest Editor
Dr. András Zlinszky
Balaton Limnological Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Klebelsberg Kuno út 3, 8237 Tihany, Hungary / Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation , Vienna University of Technology, E120, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Website: http://geo.tuwien.ac.at/staff/andras-zlinszky/
E-Mail: zlinszky.andras@okologia.mta.hu
Phone: +43 58801 12212
Fax: +43 58801 122 99
Interests: airborne laser scanning of vegetation for ecology and conservation; airborne imaging of wetland vegetation dynamics; processing of historic maps and aerial images for vegetation ecology and hydrology; neotectonics of the Lake Balaton region

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hermann Heilmeier
Biology/Ecology Unit, Institute of Biosciences, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Leipziger Str. 29, D-09599 Freiberg, Germany
Website: http://tu-freiberg.de/fakult2/bio/seite_heilmeier_hermann.html
E-Mail: hermann.heilmeier@ioez.tu-freiberg.de
Phone: +49 3731 39 32 08
Fax: +49 3731 39 30 12
Interests: conservation ecology, Remediation, Habitat modeling, Natura 2000 monitoring

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Heiko Balzter
Holder of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, Bennett Building, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Website: http://www.le.ac.uk/clcr
E-Mail: hb91@leicester.ac.uk
Phone: +44 116 252 3820
Fax: +44 116 252 3854
Interests: land cover / land use change; spatial-temporal scaling; land/atmosphere interactions; data assimilation; synthetic aperture radar (SAR); SAR interferometry; SAR polarimetry; ground-based, airborne and spaceborne light detection and ranging (LIDAR); digital elevation models; carbon accounting; forest structure and biomass mapping; vegetation phenology; fire and burned area mapping

Guest Editor
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle
Chair of GIScience, Institute of Geography, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, Heidelberg Center for the Environment, Heidelberg University, Berliner Straße 48, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Website: http://www.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/personen/gis_hoefle_en.html
E-Mail: hoefle@uni-heidelberg.de
Phone: +49 6221 54 5594
Fax: +49 6221 54 4529
Interests: geoprocessing algorithms for Geographic Information Systems (GIS); object-based image and 3D point cloud analysis; multi-source geoinformation fusion; 3D spatial data and analysis infrastructures; LiDAR applications in geosciences

Guest Editor
Dr. Bálint Czúcz
Institute of Ecology and Botany, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Alkotmány u. 2-4, 2163, Vácrátót, Hungary
Website: http://okologia.mta.hu/en/node/278
E-Mail: czucz.balint@okologia.mta.hu
Phone: +36 28 360 122 / 137
Fax: +36 28 360 110
Interests: climate change, ecosystem services, predictive ecological modeling, ecological indicators, landscape ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, “Remote Sensing and GIS for Habitat Quality Monitoring”, aims to pave the way for operational habitat quality monitoring from earth observation data for more effective habitat conservation. The demand for protecting biodiversity has been underlined by a number of recent international agreements, while the increasing size of protected habitats calls for an urgent improvement in the efficiency of monitoring.

Meanwhile, GIS-based quantitative habitat quality mapping has arrived. Processes leading to this include the increase in coverage provided by high-resolution airborne and spaceborne data, the availability of high-level classification algorithms in commercial processing software, and an active dialogue between remote sensing and conservation ecology specialists. Nevertheless, several open questions remain. How can ecological principles best be represented in geoinformation algorithms? How can habitat quality or conservation status be quantified? Can we integrate or compare data from different sensors? Is conservation legislation and practice ready for the stream of newly available data? How can field reference data collection and sensor campaigns be optimized for efficiency?

Previous reviews and special issues on ecological remote sensing typically focused on mapping either the extent of habitats or a single ecological variable. This Special Issue will present the next level of processing, where sensor and field data from several parameters, including the pattern and extent of habitats, structure, connectivity, species composition, and ecophysiological condition are processed and evaluated together, so as to deliver a quantitative representation of habitat quality.

Experimental reports, case studies, reviews, and future trend assessments are welcome (assuming they are relevant to habitat quality mapping and monitoring).

Selected topics of interest:

  • Operational examples of GIS and/or Remote Sensing-supported habitat quality monitoring
  • Case studies of GIS and RS in the monitoring of various habitat types
  • New sensors, algorithms, and applications in habitat quality mapping
  • GIS-and RS facilitated field ecological mapping
  • Data sources, data infrastructures for habitat quality monitoring (web maps, crowdsourcing, citizen science, sensor networks)
  • Requirements of practical conservation towards spatial data in habitat quality

Prof. Dr. Norbert Pfeifer
Dr. András Zlinszky
Prof. Dr. Hermann Heilmeier
Prof. Dr. Heiko Balzter
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Höfle
Dr. Bálint Czúcz
Guest Editors


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  • habitat quality
  • natura 2000
  • species conservation
  • biodiversity
  • lidar
  • hyperspectral imaging
  • hypertemporal imaging
  • sensor fusion
  • conservation gis
  • aerial and satellite imaging

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p. 3446-3466
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(4), 3446-3466; doi:10.3390/rs70403446
Received: 19 November 2014 / Accepted: 18 March 2015 / Published: 24 March 2015
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(3), 2991-3019; doi:10.3390/rs70302991
Received: 5 December 2014 / Revised: 4 March 2015 / Accepted: 9 March 2015 / Published: 13 March 2015
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(3), 2871-2898; doi:10.3390/rs70302871
Received: 30 November 2014 / Revised: 2 March 2015 / Accepted: 4 March 2015 / Published: 10 March 2015
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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(2), 2046-2066; doi:10.3390/rs70202046
Received: 13 October 2014 / Revised: 9 January 2015 / Accepted: 21 January 2015 / Published: 12 February 2015
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(9), 8056-8087; doi:10.3390/rs6098056
Received: 20 June 2014 / Revised: 19 August 2014 / Accepted: 19 August 2014 / Published: 27 August 2014
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