Special Issue "Free and Open Source Tools for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Paolo Dabove

Department of Environment, Land, and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Turin, Italy
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Interests: surveying and mapping
Guest Editor
Dr. Bianca Federici

Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (DICCA), University of Genoa, 16145 Genoa, Italy
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Interests: remote sensing and GIS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent years have been characterized by rapid developments in various fields of geospatial analysis and mapping. The use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has developed rapidly at both commercial and academic research levels.

This Special Issue brings together scientists, developers and advanced users in software development, geographical data acquisition, processing and visualization, aiming to encourage cooperation and diffusion in the various fields where open source technologies are nowadays used.

With this Special Issue on "Free and Open Source Tools for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping", we address research methods, as well as applications on the design, implementation, characterization and use of free and open-source software for geospatial and environmental analysis, positioning, mapping, photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information science. This includes the development of new and innovative technological concepts based on free and open source software for scientific research, as well as for education and business projects.

Prospective authors are cordially invited to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting an article containing original research.

Dr. Paolo Dabove
Dr. Bianca Federici
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle Shp2graph: Tools to Convert a Spatial Network into an Igraph Graph in R
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(8), 293; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7080293
Received: 4 June 2018 / Revised: 29 June 2018 / Accepted: 19 July 2018 / Published: 24 July 2018
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In this study, we introduce the R package shp2graph, which provides tools to convert a spatial network into an ‘igraph’ graph of the igraphR package. This conversion greatly empowers a spatial network study, as the vast array of graph
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In this study, we introduce the R package shp2graph, which provides tools to convert a spatial network into an ‘igraph’ graph of the igraphR package. This conversion greatly empowers a spatial network study, as the vast array of graph analytical tools provided in igraph are then readily available to the network analysis, together with the inherent advantages of being within the R statistical computing environment and its vast array of statistical functions. Through three urban road network case studies, the calculation of road network distances with shp2graph and with igraph is demonstrated through four key stages: (i) confirming the connectivity of a spatial network; (ii) integrating points/locations with a network; (iii) converting a network into a graph; and (iv) calculating network distances (and travel times). Throughout, the required R commands are given to provide a useful tutorial on the use of shp2graph. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperTechnical Note HidroMap: A New Tool for Irrigation Monitoring and Management Using Free Satellite Imagery
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(6), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7060220
Received: 7 May 2018 / Revised: 31 May 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 15 June 2018
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Proper control and planning of water resource use, especially in those catchments with large surface, climatic variability and intensive irrigation activity, is essential for a sustainable water management. Decision support systems based on useful tools involving main stakeholders and hydrological planning offices of
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Proper control and planning of water resource use, especially in those catchments with large surface, climatic variability and intensive irrigation activity, is essential for a sustainable water management. Decision support systems based on useful tools involving main stakeholders and hydrological planning offices of the river basins play a key role. The free availability of Earth observation products with high temporal resolution, such as the European Sentinel-2B, has allowed us to combine remote sensing with cadastral and agronomic data. This paper introduces HidroMap to the scientific community, an open source tool as a geographic information system (GIS) organized in two different modules, desktop-GIS and web-GIS, with complementary functions and based on PostgreSQL/PostGIS database. Through an effective methodology HidroMap allows monitoring irrigation activity, managing unregulated irrigation, and optimizing available fluvial surveillance resources using satellite imagery. This is possible thanks to the automatic download, processing and storage of satellite products within field data provided by the River Surveillance Agency (RSA) and the Hydrological Planning Office (HPO). The tool was successfully validated in Duero Hydrographic Basin along the 2017 summer irrigation period. In conclusion, HidroMap comprised an important support tool for water management tasks and decision making tackled by Duero Hydrographic Confederation which can be adapted to any additional need and transferred to other river basin organizations. Full article
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