Special Issue "Geo-Processing of Historical Aerial Images"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 623

Special Issue Editors

3D Optical Metrology unit, Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK), Via Sommarive 18, 38123 Trento, Italy
Interests: automation; data fusion; artificial intelligence; heritage
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Dr. Gianluca Cantoro
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Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC), Italian National Research Council (CNR), Area della Ricerca di Roma 1, 00010 Montelibretti, Italy
Interests: archaeology; 3D surveying; historical images
BRGM, French Geological Survey, F-45060 Orléans, France
Interests: geodesy; surveying; remote sensing; geomorphology; historical images
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3D Optical Metrology Unit, Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK), Via Sommarive 18, 38123 Trento, Italy
Interests: surveying; photogrammetry; 3D modeling; heritage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the availability of digitized historical aerial images has increased as many national archives or mapping agencies have started large scanning and archiving processes. Such historical datasets are a unique and quite unexplored means to map territorial changes and chronicle land-cover information over the past 100 years, with very high spatial and temporal resolutions. From these image datasets, 3D information can also be retrieved since many surveys were performed under photogrammetric (stereo) conditions. Long-term/multitemporal environmental monitoring, change analyses, or historical object detection can be based on processing these very rich time series of images.

The Special Issue aims to raise awareness and understanding of the recent activities related to digitization (i.e., scanning), processing, and dissemination of historical aerial images (among others). The Special Issue stems from the successful 2nd EuroSDR workshop on the geoprocessing and archiving of historical aerial images which was held in Rome in December 2022.

The Special Issue is seeking high-quality papers reporting progress, best practices, reviews, guidelines, and innovative solutions related to such rich patrimony. In particular, the following topics should be addressed in the proposed submissions: 

  • Best practices in scanning/digitization of historical aerial images;
  • Georeferencing processes;
  • Multitemporal analyses;
  • Change detection;
  • AI methods applied to historical images;
  • National scale processes;
  • Web access and sharing of digitized heritage contents.

Dr. Fabio Remondino
Dr. Gianluca Cantoro
Dr. Thomas Dewez
Dr. Elisa Mariarosaria Farella
Guest Editors

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  • historical aerial image
  • photogrammetry
  • digitization
  • 3D
  • orientation
  • AI
  • multitemporal analyses
  • change detection
  • heritage

Published Papers

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