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Special Issue "Advances in Sea-Ice Remote Sensing Involving Upward Looking Sonar"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 223

Special Issue Editors

1. ASL Environmental Sciences Inc., Victoria, BC V8M-1Z5, Canada
2. Department of Geography, Univeristy of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
Interests: arctic sea ice; arctic climatology; arctic system science; meteorology; hydrology; climatology; physical geography

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ASL Environmental Sciences Inc., Victoria, BC V8M-1Z5, Canada
Interests: arctic sea ice; arctic system science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Narrow beam upward-looking sonar instruments, using rapid sampling rates of a few seconds, have provided invaluable in situ ice draft data, and information on ice motion and ice floe size, when paired with an ADCP in the bottom-tracking mode.  Time series in situ data will continue to be invaluable to the scientific community, particularly when combined with advances in satellite-based remote sensing of ice thickness data, and underwater autonomous vehicle technology.  These datasets will continue to provide information on sea and lake ice annual cycles and permit the scientific community to monitor changes to local and regional ice regimes at very high spatial and temporal resolution.  The aim of this Special Issue is to feature advances in technologies, and data processing techniques, such as machine-learning advances. Papers that aim to synthesize other data sources with upward-looking sonar data are also encouraged for submission.  Submissions are encouraged to address one or more of the following themes: 1) monitoring Arctic and Antarctic sea ice dynamics and processes using novel technologies and deployment configurations; 2) shifting Arctic sea ice cover, from a multi-year to first-year ice regime; 3) applying machine learning to upward-looking sonar ice draft datasets and 4) validation of sea ice studies using remote sensing or other measurement methods.

Dr. Matthew G. Asplin
Guest Editor

David B. Fissel
Guest Editor Assistant

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 2700 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.


  • sea ice
  • ice draft
  • acoustics
  • upward-looking sonar
  • ice floe
  • ice drift
  • sea ice dynamics

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