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Special Issue "Advances in Remote Sensing and Atmospheric Optics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 99

Special Issue Editors

Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics of the Siberian Branch of the RAS, Tomsk, Russia
Interests: radiative transfer; remote sensing of aerosol and clouds; 3D cloud effects; radiative balance of the atmosphere
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Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, 55128 Mainz, Germany
Interests: cloud remote sensing; aerosol remote sensing; trace gas remote sensing; snow remote sensing; radiative transfer
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atmospheric optics envelopes a wide range of subjects; this extends from the study of the  interaction between optical radiation and atmospheric particulate matter and gases, to the methods and devices used for environmental investigation, and from the physical and chemical processes that govern  the optical states of the atmosphere, to the mechanisms that affect the radiative balance of the atmosphere and the Earth’s climate. One of the fundamental components of atmospheric optics is remote sensing, both from the perspective of the development of the instrumental base and from the perspective of the development of creating theoretical foundations that describe the propagation of optical waves, atmospheric correction, light scattering processes in the atmosphere, the evolution of optical parameters in the atmosphere under natural and anthropogenic impacts, etc.

The simulation of optical radiation transfer provides the most logical linkage between observation and the physical processes that condition the Earth’s atmosphere. Advances in radiative transfer modeling and atmospheric optics enhance our ability to detect and monitor changes in our planet through new methodologies and technical approaches; this is in order to analyze and interpret measurements obtained via passive and active (LiDAR and radar) remote sensing from ground-based, air- and space-borne sensors.

Scientists currently working on forward and inverse radiative transfer research are encouraged to submit original articles and reviews on recent advances in atmospheric environmental remote sensing.

This Special Issue will be focused on (but not limited to) the following: (1) the theoretical aspects of radiative transfer that could advance remote sensing techniques; (2) models and codes for radiative transfer in the atmosphere and on the Earth's surface that improve our understanding of the information content of multiangle, spectral and polarimetric data and its applications; (3) analyses of 3D effects in radiative transfer and the associated uncertainties in regards to the interpretation of remotely sensed data; (4) amospheric correction; (5) the retrieval of the properties of aerosols; (6)  the retrieval of liquid, mixed and ice clouds; (7) the retrieval of trace gases, (8) the retrieval of underlying surface properties, including albedo and bidirectional reflection distribution function.

Dr. Tatiana Zhuravleva
Dr. Alexander Kokhanovsky
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2500 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.


  • radiative transfer models and their applications for monitoring atmospheric phenomena
  • computational methods
  • active and passive remote sensing
  • polarimetric remote sensing
  • clouds, aerosol, and atmospheric gases
  • advanced retrieval algorithms
  • light scattering and absorption
  • remote sensing of underlying surface
  • combined aerosol-cloud retrieval algorithms

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