Special Issue "Remote Sensing for Biodiversity & Conservation in Mountain and Polar Regions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Katarzyna Ostapowicz
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
1. Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Krakow, Poland
2. Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley, 326 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Tel. 00 48 12 6645300
Interests: remote sensing; big EO data; multi-scale and multi-dimensional spatial analysis; programming and modelling; machine learning; land system science, biodiversity, conservation, mountainous and polar regions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mountain regions are storehouses of global biodiversity but also with polar areas demonstrate the ability of life to succeed in extreme conditions. Their diversity leads to exceptional flora and fauna and the unique cultural variety of people, making mountains and polar regions particularly important spots for conservation efforts which require among others detail and continuous monitoring and assessment. Moreover, due to its exceptional nature, climate, and sensitivity to climate and land use changes, the high-altitude and high-latitude regions are a warning system as far as climate, and land use changes are concerned.

Remote sensing provides a unique perspective on what is happening on the Earth, therefore, plays an important role in biodiversity and conservation monitoring and assessment.

Earth observation needs for ecosystems in the mountain and polar regions constantly changing but still include accurate and continuous biodiversity monitoring and assessment using both in situ and remote sensing observations to observe and evaluate ecological change and better understand coupled natural and human systems.

This Special Issue is aiming to cover the most recent advances in techniques and algorithms to process remotely sensed information for ecology and conservation in the high-altitude and high-latitude regions. Welcomed contributions include:

  • developments in Earth observation Data Cubes use,
  • improvements in data fusion techniques,
  • novel use of high to very-high resolution Earth observation data,
  • advances in cloud-based computing.

Dr. Katarzyna Ostapowicz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Remote sensing
  • Earth observation
  • Mountains
  • Polar regions
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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