Special Issue "Wetland Ecology, Conservation and Sustainability: Applications of Geospatial Techniques"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017)
Prof. Dr. Onisimo Mutanga
School of Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, P. Bag X01, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3209, South Africa
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Interests: hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing; vegetation pattern analysis and monitoring (quality and quantity, species distribution); spatial modeling
Wetlands are one of the most productive environments on the planet, having very high biological diversity and productivity, and providing numerous ecosystem services. They improve water quality by trapping sediments and filtering nutrients; support various agricultural activities by providing an almost continuous source of water for irrigation, as well as for livestock consumption; support recreation and ecotourism activities; act as carbon sinks and mitigate against flooding; provide habitat to many organisms, including a wide variety of birds; and support the livelihood of millions of people, especially in developing countries. However, the state of many important wetlands around the world is of great concern. Many studies show that both the area and quality of wetlands continues to decline, compromising the ecosystem services they deliver. In a rapidly changing climate, it is important to be able to continuously and frequently monitor the health and condition of wetlands, the biodiversity (both flora and fauna) it supports, as well as changing ecosystem services. Wetlands need to be utilized in a sustainable manner such that it does not adversely affect their on-going quality for current and future generations.
Earth observation technologies, including remote sensing and geographic information systems, have contributed immensely to rapidly map and monitor wetlands. New satellite data, at both improved spatial and temporal scales, is becoming available on a yearly basis. A lot of the data, such as that available from Landsat and the Sentinel series, are available free of cost, thus increasing the use of satellite data for ecological research.
In this Special Issue, we invite original contributions on any aspect of the use of modern technologies, such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), to wetland ecology, conservation, sustainability, mapping and monitoring. The contributions are not limited to just wetlands, but include the biodiversity inherent in wetlands or dependent on wetlands. Climate change impacts on wetlands and their biodiversity, forage availability for grazing animals and underground water are also encouraged. There is scope for a limited number of review papers, so if you are planning to submit a review paper then please consult us first so that we can avoid duplicates.
Prof. Lalit Kumar
Prof. Onisimo Mutanga
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- wetland biodiversity
- wetland ecosystem services
- forage availability
- climate change
- wetland mapping and monitoring
- wetland ecology
- remote sensing