Special Issue "Sustainable Ecosystems and Society in the Context of Big and New Data"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017)
Ecosystem Development and Planning (EDP) faces many challenges as respective environmental, urban, and regional contexts are experiencing rapid change. These changing contexts demand innovative spatial thinking that can capture patterns and processes, and provide spatial strategies for sustainable development. Meanwhile, the volume of data created by an ever-increasing number of geospatial sensor platforms, such as remote sensing and social sensing (including citizen sensors) to collect data at ever increasing spatial, spectral, temporal, and radiometric resolutions, currently exceeds petabytes of data per year and is only expected to increase.
Recent developments in information technology commonly referred to as 'big data' along with the related fields of data science and analytics are needed to process, analyze and realize the value of the overwhelming amount of geospatial sensing data. The research agenda is being substantially transformed and redefined in light of new data and big data, which have transformed the focus of suitability science towards dynamic, spatial and temporal interdependence of human-environment issues. EDP is shifting towards analyzing ever-increasing amounts of large-scale, diverse data in an interdisciplinary, collaborative and timely manner. Rigorous space-time analysis and modeling of ecosystems opens up a rich empirical context for scientific research and policy interventions.
This Special Issue plans to focus on the development of theories, methods and practices on this collaborative and interdisciplinary frontier for this new reality. Building on a series of successful annual conferences in USA and China (http://www.emich.edu/GSES2016), this special issue will bring together leading scholars in related disciplines to share their research on challenges and solutions of Sustainable Ecosystems and Society in the Context of Big and New Data. This Special Issue will be open to the submission of manuscripts from outside the conference as well, provided that they fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Submitted manuscripts will need to be full-length papers that have not been previously published in a substantially-similar format. All manuscripts will be subject to a rigorous peer-review.
Papers of theoretical, methodological and applied nature are equally welcome. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:
- Advanced geo-computational modelling and spatial analysis
- Applications of geo-informatics in sustainable ecosystems and society
- Creation of new visualization products that increase the understanding of large and diverse forms of information
- Discovery of patterns in large volumes of geospatial data through analytic techniques, such as data mining and predictive analytics in applications
- Ecological, environmental and socioeconomic modeling and coupling
- Smart city and geo-design
- Spatial data acquisition through RS and GIS and big-data analytics
- Technological advances in hardware, storage, data management, networking and computing models, such as visualization and cloud computing for geospatial applications
Prof. Dr. Yichun Xie
Prof. Dr. Xinyue Ye
Prof. Dr. Clio Andris
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