Special Issue "Ecohydrological Remote Sensing"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: thermal and optical remote sensing; land surface fluxes; dryland ecosystems; Unmanned Aerial Systems
Interests: microwave remote sensing and solar-induced fluorescence; droughts; land-atmosphere interactions
The current intensification of the water cycle under climate change with more frequent and more instense extreme hydrological events, e.g., droughts, is putting increased pressure on natural and agricultural ecosystems, water managers, and governments to mitigate and adapt. However, the precise impact on ecosystems remains largely unknown, partly due to knowledge gaps on the joint regulation of water and carbon fluxes as well as potential lags in memory between the different processes at play, which vary with biomes and climate types.
Thus, advancing the use of remote sensing to assess the traits and factors controlling ecosystem responses to hydro-climatic conditions at different spatial and temporal scales is essential. The development of real-time monitoring systems of ecohydrological variables like evapotranspiration, gross primary productivity, net ecosystem excahnge, or crop yields can help to inform policy decisions and conduct national and international action, especially in regions with scarce ground observations.
The aim of this Special Issue is to investigate functional relationships between hydrology and ecology at multiple spatial and temporal scales using data from land and atmosphere remote-sensing missions to advance the ecohydrological monitoring of terrestrial ecosystems.
In particular, but not exclusively, manuscripts are encouraged addressing the following topics using remote sensing from satellite, airborne, or unmanned missions (optical, hyperspectral, thermal, fluorescence, radar, passive microwaves, LiDAR, or sounders, e.g., AIRS, Calipso):
- The resilience of ecosystems’ fluxes to droughts and heat waves or their combination.
- Vegetation–atmosphere interactions: responses to soil mositure vs. vapor pressure deficits, atmospheric pollutants and aerosol loadings, radiation or precipitation response and feedback.
- Carbon and water footprints of dryland and irrigated crops at regional scales.
- Remote-sensing analysis of plant hydraulic and water traits to better understand and model drought responses.
- Effects of land use/land cover changes on various components of the hydrological cycle such as surface runoff, recharge, or feedback to climate.
- Novel approaches to estimate vegetation status and functions based on statistical analysis including machine learning, combinations of data-driven and mechanistic models, plant hydraulics, or surface energy balance approaches.
- Meso and microscale landscape heterogeneity to advance the transfer of schemes across scales (e.g., aerodynamic and canopy resistances) or to provide effective community level descriptions alternatives to plant functional types (PFT).
Target variables include, but are not limited to, the following: evapotranspiration and its partitioning in transpiration and evaporation, leaf and canopy energy-budgets, photosynthesis, net ecosystem exchange, biomass, root zone soil moisture, water use efficiency, hydraulic traits such stomatal conductance, hydraulic resistance, or canopy water potential proxies
Dr. Monica Garcia
Prof. Pierre Gentine
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Ecosystem resilience
- Water intensification
- Aerial and satellite remote sensing
- Soil moisture
- Heat waves