Special Issue "The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) Mission: Preparing for Its Scientific Exploitation"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2015).
Interests: field and imaging spectroscopy; remote sensing of soils and land degradation processes; water and land resources management
Interests: field and imaging spectroscopy: extraction of physical parameters, quantitative research, application to environmental geology
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Interests: earth observation science strategy, earth explorer mission and science requirements, space-borne imaging spectroscopy, and earth system science
Interests: applications of imaging spectroscopy and quantitative remote sensing algorithm research and development
The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP), together with other imaging spectroscopy satellite missions, will be launched in the near future. EnMAP represents a milestone towards frequent, high quality hyperspectral observation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems from space. It will enable the derivation of surface variables with an accuracy not achievable by currently available optical broadband satellite sensors and, therefore, will contribute to improving our knowledge of the complex processes and feedback mechanisms interconnecting the Earth’s various spheres, such as the atmosphere, biosphere, pedosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere.
EnMAP is destined to make a major contribution toward quantifying and modeling crucial ecosystem processes and understanding the complexities of the Earth System. More specifically, the primary goals of the mission are to investigate globally interconnected environmental processes and changes, study the diverse effects of anthropogenic impact on ecosystems, and support the management of natural resources. EnMAP will record more than 240 narrow spectral bands in a spectral range from 420 nm to 2450 nm at a ground resolution of 30 m by 30 m; EnMAP has a revisit time of 27 days (off-nadir four days) and a total image data acquisition length of 5,000 km per day. The launch of EnMAP is foreseen for 2018. Currently, a large scientific preparation program is running, which comprises of extensive airborne campaigns in different environments, the development of an EnMAP image simulator software, the development and testing of algorithms for the retrieval of diagnostic and quantitative surface parameters, and the development of a free image processing software specifically designed for handling future hyperspectral space-borne data.
This Special Issue aims to give an overview of the EnMAP mission. It will discuss EnMAP’s goals and the scientific achievements of the preparatory phase in various applications, such as agriculture, forestry, inland and coastal waters, soils and geology, urban areas, and natural ecosystems. Authors are encouraged to submit articles that analyze the scientific potential of future EnMAP data, preferably by using simulated EnMAP data, and that exploit synergies with other satellite missions (e.g., Sentinel-2).
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Dr. Saskia Foerster
Dr. Véronique Carrere
Dr. Michael Rast
Prof. Dr. Karl Staenz
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