Special Issue "Societal and Economic Benefits of Earth Observation Technologies"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2017)
Prof. Dr. Qihao Weng
Center for Urban and Environmental Change, Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA
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Interests: remote sensing; imaging science; GIS; land use and land cover change; urban environment and ecosystem
Prof. Dr. Guangxing Wang
Southern Illinois University, Department of Geography and Environmental Resources
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Interests: remote sensing, GIS, spatial statistics, natural and environmental resources, sampling design; environmental quality assessment; forest and city vegetation carbon sequestration, desertification trend monitoring, quality assessment and spatial uncertainty analysis
Dr. George Xian
SAIC, USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, Sioux Falls, SD 57198, USA
Interests: remote sensing of land cover and urban; surface thermal properties; regional climate change
Prof. Hua Liu
Driven by the needs of societal and economic development, geospatial technology has become one of the three top emerging technologies in the 21st century. The frontiers of geospatial technology, earth observation and remote sensing techniques are receiving increased interest from the academia, governments, industries, among others. China is a rapidly evolving nation within space and earth observation technologies. Since the 1980s, great progress has been made in optical, microwave, and hyperspectral remote sensing. Over the past 30 years, the Chinese government has paid great attention to the development of forestry and greatly increased forest cover in the country. However, rapid economic growth and urbanization have resulted in dramatic changes in land use and land cover throughout China. Especially, urbanization has not only increased in built-up areas but also greatly speeded up the decrease of the agricultural land resources. The increase of human activities and the increasing development of the economy have led to degradation of ecosystems, environmental deterioration, decrease of lakes and wetlands, and the degradation of air and the amount and quality of water, which has made China’s sustainable development face a great challenge. At the same time, during the past few decades the complexity of global change and its interaction with human activities have also posed significant challenges to the scientific community. Thus, in recent years, earth observation and remote sensing-based geospatial technologies have been widely applied to monitoring, assessing and analyzing China’s and global ecosystems, environments and resources, and to provide potential solutions to enhance the understanding of global change.
This is a Special Issue of Remote Sensing (MDPI) in conjunction with the Fourth International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications (EORSA 2016), to be held in Guangzhou, China, on July 4–6, 2016 (www.eorsa2016.org).
In this Special Issue, we will explore societal and economic benefits of Earth Observation (EO) technologies, the current state of EO and remote sensing technologies to understand the Earth’s surface properties, patterns, processes, ecosystems, and environments at various spatial and temporal scales, and to provide potential solutions to enhance the understanding of global change and sustainable development. The virtues and importance of remote sensing imagery and data from various ground, aircraft, and satellite platforms will be assessed. Moreover, we wish to explore how improved sensors and analytical techniques can be employed to better characterize and quantify land surface forms, patterns, and processes and to assess, monitor, and model natural and human systems. The topics may include but are not limited to the following:
- Global change, carbon cycling, and energy systems;
- Remote sensing of urban areas, urbanization, and sustainability;
- Remote sensing of coastal areas and oceans;
- Remote sensing of wetlands and water resources;
- Croplands, rangelands, agricultural systems, and soil studies;
- Remote sensing of forests and ecosystems;
- Remote sensing of atmosphere and air quality;
- Human environmental and infectious diseases;
- Land use, land cover, and regional environmental changes; and
- New data and sensors, algorithms and techniques for detection, interpretation, characterization, and modeling of the Earth surface features.
Authors are requested to check and follow specific Instructions to Authors: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/165068305/Remote_Sensing-Additional_Instructions.pdf.
Prof. Qihao Weng
Prof. Guangxing Wang
Dr. George Xian
Prof. Hua Liu
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