Special Issue "Spatial Analysis for Landscape Changes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dario Gioia
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
CNR, Istituto di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Contrada Santa Loja - Tito (Potenza), Italy
Interests: source-sink; sediment budget; erosion model; landscape evolution model (LEM); geomorphological processes; landscape changes
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Dr. Maria Danese
Guest Editor
CNR, Istituto di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Contrada Santa Loja - Tito (Potenza), Italy
Interests: Geographic information science; archaeology; cultural heritage; territorial and urban planning; anthropic and natural risks
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Landscape is the backcloth over which environmental and cultural events occur, with changes to the landscape itself also involved. At the same time, the last few years have also seen a great improvement in the availability of high-resolution DEMs, GIS tools and of landscape data in general. This has promoted the development and application of spatial analyses (from map algebra to geostatistics, from machine learning to location-based cellular automata) for the quantitative evaluation of landscape changes in many geomorphological, territorial and archaeological applications. This Special Issue aims to collect contributions concerning the application of traditional and innovative methods in all application fields that are connected to these changes, such as geomorphology, urban and territorial systems and archaeology. We would like to invite you to submit articles about your recent work, experimental research or case studies dealing with the quantitative analysis of landscape changes in a variety of application fields and at different spatial and temporal scales. Relevant topics for the SI include:

  1. Multitemporal analysis of DEMs and reconstruction of short- and long-term topographic changes;
  2. Extraction of parameters and indexes to investigate landscape changes and related surface processes;
  3. Two- and three-dimensional reconstructions of historical and archaeological landscapes;
  4. Semi-automatic or unsupervised classification of landforms/landscapes;
  5. Application of quantitative methods and models to estimate landscape modification and their impact on urban systems;
  6. Analysis of geomorphic processes and rates by the multitemporal acquisition of high-resolution topographic data and spatial statistics;
  7. GIS tools and spatial statistics for the analysis of natural hazards and human impact on the landscape.

Review articles about the limitations, recent developments and new approaches of this research field are also welcomed.

Dr. Dario Gioia
Dr. Maria Danese
Guest Editors

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spatial analysis; high-resolution DEMs; landscape archaeology; landscape evolution model (LEM); past landscape reconstruction; soil consumption; geomorphological processes; natural hazard

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