Special Issue "Earth Observation and GIScience for Agricultural Applications"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Eng. Flavio Lupia
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CREA Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy, Via Po 14, 00198 Rome, Italy
Interests: geospatial information; precision agriculture; remote sensing; administrative and statistical data for agriculture; open data
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Prof. Dr. Cidália Costa Fonte
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University of Coimbra, INESC Coimbra, Department of Mathematics, Largo D. Dinis, 3001 – 501 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: geospatial data quality; land use/land cover mapping; remote sensing; crowdsourced data; spatial analysis
Dr. Giuseppe Pulighe
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CREA Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy, Via Po 14, 00198 Rome, Italy
Interests: watershed modeling; bioenergy development; urban agriculture; land use/land cover; geoinformation; remote sensing; spatial analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Current and projected scenarios for global agricultural systems call for new approaches for sustainable use of environmental resources and decision-making. Recent technological advancements, such as earth observation, geospatial technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and the Internet of things (IoT), among others, have boosted our knowledge about agricultural systems and interactions at natural, social, and economic levels. These have contributed to collecting, analyzing, monitoring, and simulating the use of resources in the agricultural domain and provided decision-making tools for sustainable intensification, production systems and supply chains, and natural resource management, among others.

We are facing the data deluge era with free and open data policies for several satellite platforms and geospatial data originates from a wealth of human and electronic sensors along with a growing set of powerful tools for data management and processing. We are at the right time to harness the geospatial components for deploying products and services to serve different stakeholders in agricultural monitoring and supporting a climate-resilient, climate-neutral, and environment-friendly agriculture.

EO data and GIScience will be pivotal in ensuring the implementation of EU and global policies (EU’s Green Deal, the Area Monitoring System of the Common Agricultural Policy and national agricultural statistics).

This Special Issue will explore relevant applications of geospatial data and techniques for agriculture and sustainable use of resources.

We cordially invite original research, reviews, and contributions on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Remote, proximal, ground, and human sensing data collection to support application in agriculture;
  • GIS-based decision support systems for managing resources in agriculture and carrying out scenario simulations;
  • Geospatial analysis for measuring climate change impacts on cultivated lands;
  • Integration of geodata for assessing the relationships between environment and agriculture;
  • Administrative and statistical data for monitoring agricultural activities;
  • Land cover and land use mapping for agricultural land;
  • Geospatial big data for agricultural applications;
  • Novel tools and techniques for data collection in agriculture.

Dr. Eng. Flavio Lupia
Prof. Dr. Jamal Jokar Arsanjani
Prof. Dr. Cidália Costa Fonte
Dr. Giuseppe Pulighe
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Geographic information systems
  • Earth observation
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Spatial and spatiotemporal data acquisition
  • Geospatial big data
  • Food security and production
  • Crop modeling
  • Biophysical parameter retrieval
  • Agricultural monitoring and reporting
  • Land cover and land use mapping

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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