Special Issue "Towards Remote Long-Term Monitoring of Wetland Landscapes"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alisa L. Gallant
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, US Geological Survey, Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001, USA
E-Mail: gallant@usgs.gov
Phone: +1-605-594-2696
Interests: integrated multiscale research on effects of global change on wetland-upland landscapes, ecoregional landscape dynamics, effects of changes in land-cover type and condition on provision of ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Wetland landscapes are highly productive and support a host of ecosystem goods and services. At local scales, wetlands provide food, fiber, filtering of contaminants, sediment storage, flood control, wildlife habitat, recreation, and aesthetic value, among other functions. At broader scales, wetland-rich landscapes help regulate regional climate and provide critical habitat for intercontinental migratory species. Despite these important benefits, wetlands have been drained extensively worldwide to increase acreage for cultivation of crops and accommodate expansion of human settlements. Wetlands continue to be vulnerable to changes in land use and management, but accelerated rates of climate change have added to the complexity of maintaining functioning wetlands.

Remote monitoring has been invaluable for gaining large-area perspectives on how the Earth’s surface is changing. The status of wetlands, however, has proven difficult to monitor remotely, because wetlands can be challenging to detect in certain landscapes and often are not mapped with sufficient accuracy and consistency to monitor change. This Special Issue of Remote Sensing focuses on research that improves our capability for remote, large-area monitoring of wetlands by investigating: (1) What approaches and data products are being developed specifically to support regional to global long-term monitoring of wetland landscapes? (2) What are the promising new technologies and sensor/multisensor approaches for more accurate and consistent detection of wetlands? and (3) Are there studies that demonstrate how remote long-term monitoring of wetland landscapes can reveal changes that correspond with changes in land cover and land use and/or changes in climate? Papers that fit the descriptive areas of research listed below are sought for this Special Issue. Not encouraged are papers describing studies where the purpose of the research was to develop a wetland map for a local area.

  • Global and regional wetland mapping;
  • Operational techniques and/or products for remote, large-area monitoring of wetlands.
  • New technologies for consistent mapping and change detection in wetland landscapes.
  • Portable techniques for mapping and detecting changes in wetland landscapes.
  • Multisensor approaches to increase accuracies of wetland characterization and mapping;
  • Long-term, large-area assessments of wetland change related to changes in land cover and land use.
  • Long-term, large-area assessments of wetland responses related to climate.
  • Uncertainty, error, and accuracy in wetland characterization and mapping.

Dr. Alisa L. Gallant
Guest Editor


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  • wetlands
  • wetland landscapes
  • wetland mapping
  • wetland monitoring
  • remote sensing
  • long-term monitoring
  • change detection
  • climate change
  • land-cover and land-use change

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p. 11444-11467
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(11), 11444-11467; doi:10.3390/rs61111444
Received: 27 August 2014; in revised form: 5 November 2014 / Accepted: 12 November 2014 / Published: 17 November 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(8), 7442-7462; doi:10.3390/rs6087442
Received: 17 March 2014; in revised form: 24 July 2014 / Accepted: 25 July 2014 / Published: 12 August 2014
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