Special Issue "GIS Methods, Models and Applications in Interdisciplinary Studies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sanda Roșca
Guest Editor
Faculty of Geography, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: GIS modelling; forest favourability; landslide dynamics; land evaluation; environmental impact assessment; multirisk
Prof. Dr. Ștefan Bilașco
Guest Editor
Faculty of Geography, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: GIS spatial analysis; geoinformatics; geomatics; remote sensing; environmental impact; digital cartography
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Prof. Dr. Dănuț Petrea
Guest Editor
Faculty of Geography, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: theoretical geography; geomorphology; landslide monitoring; geographical epistemology; spatial planning
Prof. Dr. Titus Cristian Man
Guest Editor
Faculty of Geography, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: GIS; remote sensing; digital mapping; smart mobility; sustainable urban mobility; proximal sensing technologies
Dr. Paul Sestraș
Guest Editor
Department of Land Measurements and Cadastre, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
Interests: topography; land survey; construction survey; mapping; cadastre; UAV Photogrammetry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The main themes of this Special Issue include status analysis using GIS technology in order to develop methods of spatial analysis or geographical linkages to applied interdisciplinary research, innovative methods of research and data integration, as well as the processing and visualization of research results using the tools of spatial analysis and cartography.

This Special Issue welcomes papers that address:

  • Application, validation, and comparison of results obtained by quantitative and qualitative spatial modelling, expert knowledge, deterministic models, etc. using GIS technology in environmental studies, geographical studies, engineering with an emphasis on the objective analysis of model representativeness and their degree of predictability in applied geomorphology, and natural and anthropic hazards and risk.
  • Projects and applications related to technical issues for work focused on GIS technology applications in forest monitoring and evaluating the spatio-temporal distribution of forest and animal species under the pressure of climate change.
  • Specific spatial analysis applications of GIS tools in built-up areas in different parts of the word and different states of development using remote sensing and satellite images.
  • Evaluation of geospatial technologies and digital geomorphological mapping for fluvial dynamics assessment, landslides, and soil erosion, used in the context of individual and cumulative risk assessment.
  • Information from long-term historical and actual field experimentation based on satellite images and UAV acquisition data in comparison with the current state-of-the-art in environmental studies.
  • Studies related to the identification of favourable or restrictive areas for different land uses (agricultural, crop distribution, forestry or building spaces) in the current context of climate changes, with impacts on ecological factors influence (climatic, pedological, hydrological) and anthropogenic pressure involving the use of GIS technology to identify the evolution trends, the correlations between the factors, and the elaboration of land-use planning proposals.
  • Integrating modern techniques of data acquisition in cadastre and technical documentation in order to increase productivity and mitigate field risk. Improvement of traditional topography and land surveys with the help of GIS applications.

Other related topics on processing historical and new spatial data are welcome.

This Special Issue aims to collect works in different fields of research using GIS spatial analysis techniques. Research papers, extended review works, and works involving technical GIS applications and databases are encouraged.

Dr. Sanda Rosca
Prof. Dr. Ștefan Bilașco
Prof. Dr. Dănuț Petrea
Prof. Dr. Titus Cristian Man
Dr. Paul Sestraș
Guest Editors

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  • GIS modelling
  • Remote sensing and GIS
  • Spatial analysis
  • Physical geography
  • Field experimentation and GIS Processing
  • Methodological aspects of forest monitoring
  • Geomorphological analysis and mapping
  • Fluvial dynamics
  • Hazard scenario analysis
  • Soil erosion and land degradation
  • Multirisk assessment
  • Terrain analysis
  • Regional planning
  • Modern land survey and topography
  • GIS assessment in cadastre and technical documentation

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Evaluation of the Built-Up Area Dynamics in the First Ring of Cluj-Napoca Metropolitan Area, Romania by Semi-Automatic GIS Analysis of Landsat Satellite Images
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(21), 7722; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217722 - 31 Oct 2020
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The accentuated dynamics of the real estate markets of the last 20 years, determined that a large part of the territories in the immediate vicinity of the big urban centers, to change their category of land use, in an accelerated rhythm. Most of [...] Read more.
The accentuated dynamics of the real estate markets of the last 20 years, determined that a large part of the territories in the immediate vicinity of the big urban centers, to change their category of land use, in an accelerated rhythm. Most of the time, the land use changes according to the market requirements, the predominantly agricultural lands being occupied by constructions with residential or industrial functions. Identifying these changes is a difficult task due to the heterogeneity of spatial databases that come from different real estate development projects, so determining and implementing new methods to track land changes are currently highly required. This paper presents a methodologically innovative index-based approach for the rapid mapping of built-up areas, using Landsat-5, Landsat-7, and Landsat-8 satellite imagery. The approach described in this study differs from other conventional methods by the way the analysis was performed and also by the thematic indices used in the processes of built-up area delineation. The method, structured in a complex model, based on Remote Sensing and GIS techniques, can be divided into three distinct phases. The first stage is related to the pre-processing of the remote sensing data. The second stage involves the calculation of the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), the modified normalized difference water index (MNDWI), and the bare soil index (BI) correlated with the extraction of all areas not covered by vegetation; respectively, the elimination from the result of all areas covered by water, bare land, or uncultivated arable land. The result of this stage is represented by a distinct thematic layer that contains only built-up areas and other associated territories. The last step of the model is represented by the validation of the results, which was performed based on statistical methods and also by direct comparison with field reality, obtaining a validation coefficient which is generally above 85% for any of the methods used. The validation process shows us that by applying this method, the fast mapping of the built-up areas is significantly enhanced and the model is suitable to be implemented on a larger scale in any practical and theoretical application that aims at the rapid mapping of the built-up areas and their evolutionary modeling. Full article
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