Special Issue "Innovations in Remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental, Urban and Public Health Sciences"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: open geo-data; open geo-services & software; crowd sensing and volunteered geographic information (VGI); geospatial data quality; applied remote sensing; geo-informatics for urban studies; geo-informatics for environmental studies
Interests: geospatial infrastructures; geospatial services; geo-processing; linked data; environmental modeling
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As a consequence of the global climate change that is occurring in the era of the Anthropocene, patterns of air pollution and heat stress are changing rapidly in many industrialized and/or urbanized regions of the world. This is creating a significant effect on the health status of populations, for example respiratory health, both independently and synergistically with the changing weather conditions. Recent climate scenarios point to numerous at-risk countries that are forming highly vulnerable larger regions. For instance, Europe is one of the most vulnerable regions. This vulnerability issue highlights the necessity for urgent action. Nonetheless, in the context of the changing climate, there is also a need for further scientific studies exploring the relationships between environmental and public health conditions and urban and environmental policy, planning, design and governance issues. This can help determine the most effective actions to combat the mentioned vulnerability.
In this context, geo-spatial science and and its technologies—e.g., geographic information science and remote sensing—play important support roles in environmental management, natural resource management, urban land use and infrastructure planning and management, water resource management, agriculture, disaster mitigation and management. These technologies have been helping with collecting information on almost every aspect on the Earth for the last few decades. In recent years, very high spatial, temporal and spectral resolution satellite data have also become available, and the range of possible applications has multiplied. Besides, spatial–temporal analyses have been providing the fundamental means for exploring and understanding the relationships between urban and environmental spaces and their effect on environmental, urban and public health.
On the one hand, freely available geospatial data—known as crowdsourced geographic information—creates opportunities to develop new research agendas to explore the power and benefits of these datasets for environmental research. On the other, newly developed information and communication technologies (ICTs)—e.g., data mining and knowledge discovery techniques, big data analytics and collaborative smart sensing technologies, among others—have presented a wide range and variety of approaches for exploring these data and discovering unknown useful information about the environment and public health. This issue is also helpful for developing countries where novel geospatial information technologies and geospatial modeling techniques provide valuable alternatives to the insufficient "traditional" ground observations. In terms of public health, there are many examples in emerging infectious diseases (vector borne and/or zoonotic), in the urban development of megacities, in hydrology and the diffusion of pollution, etc.
This Special Issue attempts to bring together research papers on novel techniques and new trends in geospatial information technologies and applications for a better understanding of the interaction of the environment, urban and public health. In other words, the Special Issue aims to explore the role of geospatial information science and technologies in achieving the desired environmental, urban and public health outcomes.
This Special Issue calls for research articles on geospatial information science and technologies and their applications related to:
- Big data analysis in environmental, urban and public health
- Environmental assessment and monitoring
- Modeling of urban air, noise and sound pollution
- Climate change and the Anthropocene
- Urban and environmental epidemiology
- Environmental health factors
- Crowd-sensing and citizen science for environmental and urban analyses
- Low-cost monitoring systems and satellite imagery analysis
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- Remote sensing and geographical information systems
- Information and communication technologies (ICTs)
- Smart city and smart urban and environmental technologies
- Data mining and knowledge generation
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning
- Spatial statistics and simulations
- Data mining in big data
- Image processing and pattern recognition
- Spatial decision support systems
- Crowdsourcing and internet-of-things (IoT)
- Open geospatial data, software and standards
Dr. Carlos Granell Canut
Dr. Tan Yigitcanlar
Dr. Fábio Duarte
Dr. Jacques Gardon
Dr. Alexander Brenning
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