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Remote Sensing of Global Carbon Footprints

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023)

Special Issue Editors

University of Maryland
Interests: process-based ecosystem modeling; terrestrial carbon cycle and climate change; remote sensing of land cover change and forest structure

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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
Interests: Vegetation,Climate Change Adaptation,Climate Variability,Remote Sensing
University of Maryland, College Park, United States
Interests: hydrology; surface energy balance; climate variability; remote sensing; data assimilation
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Special Issue Information

The monitoring of spatial carbon footprint on a global scale is a very difficult task. Keeping an inventory of all emissions, from the largest and the smallest, released in the daily lives of billions of people is an unimaginable task. It seems that the way to perform this may be the use of knowledge from the field of remote sensing which has found use in so many other fields of research. There are also works on the subject of carbon footprint, concerning, for example, the estimation of industrial emissions using remote observations of thermal anomalies. In the case of industry, this means heat emissions and thus the probable emission of carbon dioxide. It seems that the use of similar methods could also allow the estimation of emissions from air, water and land transport. Perhaps the observation of thermal anomalies for the so-called urban heat islands will allow researchers to estimate emissions from home heating and urban traffic. Changing the resolution of observations would allow us to obtain more detailed results. Of course, we can expect to encounter a variety of research problems in executing this aim. However, we would like to extend an invitation to submit work to the many scientists already working on these issues and invite them to publish their achievements in this Special Issue.

Dr. Lei Ma
Dr. Jacek Leśny
Dr. Aolin Jia
Guest Editors

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  • thermal anomalies
  • industrial
  • transport
  • housing carbon emission

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There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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