Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Urban Agriculture and Land Cover"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2017
Prof. Dr. James Campbell
Geography Department, 220 Stanger Street, 115 Major Williams Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
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Interests: agricultural systems (crop rotation, tillage assessment, yield estimation); soil variability; land use/land cover change; coastal reclamation; urban systems (microclimates, impervious surfaces, drainage)
Dr. Tammy Parece
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Lowell Heiny Hall (LHH 409), Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501, USA
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Interests: urban agriculture; urban ecosystems; geography education; spatial analysis of urban landscapes changes; urban impacts on natural environments; geospatial technology education
Worldwide, as cities grow, both in area and in population, they encounter challenges that inhibit efficient administration and planning. Urbanization is characterized by complex mixtures of physical structures with fragments of open land that together form the fabric of the urban landscape. Such systems vary greatly with respect to scale, distance, and time, forming dynamic patterns that challenge conventional strategies for mapping, inventory, and analysis. Therefore, city governments are challenged to acquire accurate and timely data that permit assessment of needs for supporting urban infrastructure and the city’s population.
Urban agriculture has become increasingly significant in advancing the health, social fabric, and environments of urban neighborhoods. While remote sensing, in its many forms, provides one of the most effective tools for mapping, monitoring and analyzing the urban landscape to understand the nature and behavior of urban systems, its application in evaluating the potential of urban agriculture and similar land uses are limited. Remote sensing offers the capability to examine urban agriculture over time and space, and to inform our understanding of its role in supporting urban systems. Current advances in technologies and analytical strategies provide opportunities to advance our understanding of urban systems.
This Special Issue will focus upon research that investigates applications of remote sensing analysis to better understand the character and dynamic behavior of urban ecosystems. Specifically, this Special Issue focuses upon applications of remote sensing for analysis of topics such as urban agriculture, urban land use, and urban ecology. We encourage submission of original research that examines temporal dimensions of the urban landscape, applies ecological perspectives, or seeks to connect social/economic dimensions with observed landscape change.
The editors seek original manuscripts that investigate, review, and synthesize recent research focusing upon urban agriculture and urban land use employing the full range of remote sensing technologies and analytical techniques.
Contributions may include, but are not limited to:
Urban land cover/land use change
Thermal behavior of urban landscapes
Phenology of urban landscapes
Reclamation of abandoned/degraded urban lands
Dr. James Campbell
Dr. Tammy Parece
Manuscript Submission Information
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