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Special Issue "Estimating Change in Forests: Merging Ground-, Photo-, and Space-Based Observations"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Inventory, Quantitative Methods and Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Gretchen Moisen

Research Forester, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Ogden, UT, USA
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Guest Editor
Dr. Kelly McConville

Assistant Professor of Statistics, Mathematics Department, Reed College, Portland, OR, USA
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Interests: survey statistics; machine learning; model-assisted estimation; forest inventory; land cover change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests across the globe have experienced changes in the frequency, extent, and severity of disturbances events. Understanding the trends in these forest disturbances and their effects on forest land use and tree canopy cover is important for carbon assessments, as well as for forest management decisions and scientific investigations. Forest inventories in many countries track status and trends from ground- and photo-based samples, and tremendous progress has been made in the remote sensing community characterizing disturbance dynamics with space-based information. However, new statistical and operational methods are needed to effectively merge these ground-, photo-, and space-based observations of forest change because of their different spatial, temporal, and thematic grains. In this issue, we feature papers that illustrate effective methods for merging multiple sources of change information to better quantify changes in our forests. Of particular interest are papers that offer practical and immediately applicable solutions for operational forest inventories.

Dr. Gretchen Moisen
Dr. Kelly McConville 
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. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 1800 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.


  • forest disturbance
  • land use change
  • land cover change
  • estimation
  • forest inventory
  • trend analysis
  • change agents
  • change activities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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