Special Issue "Geoinformatics for the Preservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage"

A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez

Guest Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cultural Heritage (CH) assets and archaeological sites are vulnerable and unrecoverable elements exposed to multiple threats, from natural disasters to human-caused damage. Binomial geoinformatics and drones are being highlighted as key elements of the preservation of CH structures and objects through the identification and two-dimensional (2D) localization of objects, three-dimensional (3D) digitization and documentation, assessment of their structure and evolution over time, and their management and planning, among other things. There is an increasing need to develop new approaches to geoinformatics and drones to meet conservation, preservation, and valorization requirements.

This Joint Special Issue of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information and Drones originates from the Working Group WG II/8 of Commission II of the XXIV ISPRS 2020 Congress. One of the scopes of the congress was to present the latest developments in geoinformatics and drones and the most interesting applications in CH. All participants have the opportunity to publish extended and improved versions of their papers in this Joint Special Issue after a peer review process.

We would like to invite you to contribute with original research articles, experimental works, reviews, and case studies related to geoinformatics and drones for the preservation and valorization of CH. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D documentation, modeling, and/or visualization in CH;
  • applications of drones in CH;
  • photogrammetry, laser scanning, and mobile/handheld data collection in CH;
  • heritage building information modeling (HBIM);
  • virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) in CH;
  • data and sensor integration in CH;
  • archive data digitization in CH;
  • accuracy and precision assessment of CH modeling;
  • machine/deep learning in CH;
  • multi/hyperspectral analysis in CH;
  • restoration/rehabilitation in CH;
  • 3D prototyping in CH;
  • underwater CH documentation; and
  • semantic classification of point clouds in CH.

Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
Prof. Dr. Fulvio Rinaudo
Prof. Dr. Diego González-Aguilera
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Drones is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • geoinformatics
  • cultural heritage
  • drones
  • 3D modeling
  • mobile sensors
  • image-based sensors
  • range-based sensors
  • sensor fusion and data integration
  • point cloud processing (filtering, segmentation, classification, modeling)
  • HBIM
  • VR/AR/MR

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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