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Special Issue "Drones for Coastal Environments"
A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (8 March 2019).
Interests: coastal geography; geomorphology; GIS; remote sensing; drones; terrain analysis; object-based image analysis
Interests: coastal morphodynamics; coral reefs; coastal geomorphology
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Interests: remote sensing; coral reefs; unmanned airborne systems
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Coastal environments and the ecosystem services they provide are of vital importance to societies as 1.9 billion people globally live within 100 km of the land and ocean interface. For example, sandy beaches, which comprise 75% of the world’s ice-free coastline, are prime sites for development, recreation, tourism, housing, and fisheries. Coral reefs only cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface, yet they support at least 500 million people providing food, coastal protection, and livelihoods, globally valued at an estimated U$9.9 trillion.
Coastal systems are also highly dynamic environments and very susceptible to the ongoing impacts of climate change. Mapping and monitoring their trajectories and recoveries from impacts is essential to better understand and manage them. However, biophysical datasets at appropriate spatial and temporal scales are seldom available due to the inherent challenges of working in coastal settings.
Drones are allowing the acquisition of very-high spatial resolution spatial data (pixel sizes in the order of centimetres) across relatively large areas with great flexibility in the timing and frequency of image capture. This effectively bridges the gap between detailed field data collection and synoptic remotely-sensed data and offers an unprecedented opportunity to study and monitor coastal environments.
This Special Issue of Drones seeks to find the latest research in the application of drone technology to coastal environments including, but not limited to, sandy beaches, coral reefs, mangroves, saltmarshes, seagrass or rocky coastlines. We invite contributions that address one or more of the following topics:
- Semi-automatic change detection approaches
- Challenges associated with mapping the land-ocean interface
- Accuracy of derived data
- Cost-effectiveness assessments
- Novel platform/sensors for coastal applications
Dr. Daniel Harris
Dr. Karen Joyce
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.