Special Issue "Thermal Remote Sensing Applications: Present Status and Future Possibilities"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2012)
Prof. Dr. Dale A. Quattrochi
Earth Science Office, ZP11, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville, AL 35812, USA
Interests: thermal remote sensing; urban heat island analysis; geospatial techniques and remote sensing; land use/land cover change
Prof. Dr. Soe Myint (Website)
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
Interests: remote sensing; GIS; geospatial statistics; land use land cover change and prediction; assessment and monitoring of drought, land degradation, and desertification; landscape fragmentation; urban environmental modeling including urban water use and climate analysis; forest characterization including coastal environments; disaster assessment, recovery, and monitoring; agriculture water use, evapotranspiration, and surface energy analysis; spatial modeling; and classification algorithm development
Prof. Dr. Janet Nichol (Website)
Department of Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon Hong Kong
Interests: remote sensing of urban areas (including urban heat islands, aerosol retrieval and urban enviromental quality); ecological and habitat mapping, biomass and carbon storage estimation of forests; land cover monitoring, satellite sensors (small satellites, visible and thermal infrared sensors); integration of remote sensing and GIS; data visualisation
This special issue of Remote Sensing focuses on examining the current status and trends in thermal infrared remote sensing (i.e., TIR or thermal IR) and a look forward to what the future prospects are for this technology. Remote sensing in the thermal infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum has had wide application to many aspects of the Earth’s environment, including oceans, hydrology, geology, biology, and the land surface. TIR remote sensing as applied to Earth Science research has a rich history that has elucidated the virtues of using these data to measure and model Earth surface processes. We wish to publish manuscripts that relate to any aspect of TIR applications and the use of these data in measuring and modeling the Earth’s energy balances or surface-atmosphere interactions. This includes the integration of TIR data in GIS applications. Papers discussing new and innovative TIR data processing or computational methods and modeling techniques for retrieving important factors, such as surface temperature, emissivity, and thermal properties, especially of human-made materials, will be considered. Of particular interest are papers that provide information to support the development of multispectral TIR instruments, as well as manuscripts that offer insight on spatial, spectral, and temporal scaling issues as related to TIR remote sensing. Additionally, TIR remote sensing is now at somewhat of a crossroads wherein older satellite systems that have TIR bandwidths such as the Landsat ETM+, are transitioning into newer but modified TIR sensors such as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) which will have a single TIR spectral channel with 100m spatial resolution. This special issue, therefore, seeks to include manuscripts that offer insight on the potential of new thermal IR satellite and aircraft sensing systems to build upon the foundation established by past sensors. Results from aircraft and field campaigns to collect data from prototype TIR sensors to validate and calibrate surface temperatures or demonstrate instrument capabilities will also be considered.
Prof. Dr. Dale A. Quattrochi
Prof. Dr. Soe Myint
Prof. Dr. Janet Nichol
- thermal remote sensing
- multispectral thermal infrared
- Earth surface thermal energy fluxes
- surface-atmosphere interactions
- sensor validation
- sensor calibration
- Earth environment