Special Issue "Remote Sensing in Food Production and Food Security"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Bingfang WU
Division Head of Digital Agriculture, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Olympic Village Science Park, West Beichen Road, Chaoyang Beijing 100101, China
E-Mail: wubf@radi.ac.cn
Phone: +86 10 6485 5689
Fax: +86 10 6484 8721
Interests: agriculture and water remote sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food security is one of the most essential factors for our physical wellbeing; it is a fundamental prerequisite for a healthy and happy life. Food security is a broad concept that goes beyond crop production because achieving it requires accounting for spatial and time variability, as well as physical and economic access.

Over the last two decades, traditional ground-based systems have benefited significantly from the addition of satellite remote sensing based inputs. Many national and international systems have developed this technology for monitoring crop conditions and assessing crop production; such monitoring occurs at different scales, which range from the sub-national, to national and global levels. As technology advances, a growing range of satellite remote sensing data has become both more available and affordable for operational use. As a result, indicators and methods have proliferated, some of which are innovative and powerful; development of these methods and indicators benefits from new analytical techniques, growing data processing power, and the availability of long-term time series data, which further improve the confidence in new products. .

With this Special Issue, we inventory state-of-the-art research that addresses operational methods for monitoring crop conditions and food production. The focus is on multi-source satellite-based data indicator(s), at sub-national, national, and global scales; crop biophysical parameter-based crop yield models, and the integration of crop models with satellite-based inputs; and indices-based crop area estimation (which specifically emphasizes production monitoring and food security analyses via operational systems). Paradoxically, while the sophistication of research products keeps increasing, operational work continues to suffer from the lack of reliable data on such basic variables as crop phenology, crop distribution, and biomass. Therefore, we also welcome contributions to the establishment of satellite-based (or ground-based, or mixed) reference databases.

In line with the broad definition of food security, we also invite scientists working on spatial economics, crop production risk assessments, and related subjects to consider submitting their work involving satellite inputs.

Overviews of national and international operational systems are welcome, as well as papers describing new technology and measurement concepts/sensors.

Prof. Bingfang Wu
Guest Editor


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  • national, regional, and international crop monitoring systems, food security and early warning systems
  • international and regional initiatives, and outlooks for crop monitoring and experimentation
  • cropland area estimation and crop identification
  • cropping intensity, patterns, and phenology
  • yield and production forecasts
  • biomass and harvest index
  • environmental conditions of crop growth
  • soil moisture and agricultural water management
  • early crop stage indices and early warning
  • agricultural food risk assessments
  • integration of crop models and satellite-based techniques at data and product levels
  • integration of gis techniques, geostatistical methods, economic, and remote sensing indicators for food security

Published Papers (3 papers)

by , , , ,  and
Remote Sens. 2014, 6(6), 5868-5884; doi:10.3390/rs6065868
Received: 9 April 2014; in revised form: 5 June 2014 / Accepted: 6 June 2014 / Published: 20 June 2014
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by , , ,  and
Remote Sens. 2014, 6(6), 5774-5794; doi:10.3390/rs6065774
Received: 19 January 2014; in revised form: 31 May 2014 / Accepted: 3 June 2014 / Published: 19 June 2014
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by  and
Remote Sens. 2014, 6(3), 1938-1953; doi:10.3390/rs6031938
Received: 19 November 2013; in revised form: 28 January 2014 / Accepted: 24 February 2014 / Published: 3 March 2014
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Last update: 16 July 2014

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