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Special Issue "Geographic Information Systems and Their Applications in Forests"

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: 15 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Francois Girard

Department of Geography, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada.
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Interests: forest; tree regeneration; air photos; remote sensing; ecophysiology; photosynthesis; tree reproduction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Geographic Information Systems (or GIS) are now implemented in most research labs around the world. They allow to create, manage, analyze or map spatial data such as points, lines, polygons, air photos, satellite images or else. From the simple map in a journal article to very complex spatial analysis, researchers are now using and see GIS every day. Applications in forest research are extensive and varied. Historically, computer power had limited GIS analysis over large areas. Nowadays, machine learning can achieve a lot of processes simultaneously to provide researchers exceptional computer power for GIS analysis. Global understanding of forest dynamics, processes and, fluxes at the landscape level is now trending. Forest managers are quite interested in the big picture when planning sylviculture. Forest GIS datasets such as national inventories are based on field observations that can be interpolated in non-sampled areas. Thus, GIS analysis is non-expensive tool that forest managers use on a daily basis.

This Special Issue of Forests is focused on “Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Their Applications in Forests”, and how the different GIS techniques can improve the global understanding of forest dynamics. Research articles may focus on any aspect GIS sciences, such as mapping, modelling, remote sensing or spatial statistics.

Dr. François Girard
Guest Editor

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.


  • Geographic Information Systems
  • remote sensing
  • machine learning
  • forest management
  • landscape ecology

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