Special Issue "Forest Health Monitoring"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2019).
Forestry Science Postgraduate Programme, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Interests: Hyperspectral remote sensing; Synthetic Aperture Radar; forest species composition; leaf nitrogen; remote sensing of crop gowth
Interests: synthetic Aperture Radar; LiDAR; forest structure; vegetation assessment and monitoring
Forest biomes and plantations provide important goods and services to the biosphere, industry, and are a source of livelihoods to millions of people. Forest degradation, defined generally as the decreasing capacity of a forest to provide goods and services, has become a widespread phenomenon. The causes of forest degradation can be attributed to factors that affect forest health, a measure of a forest’s capacity to provide good and services. Forest health attributes such as structure, composition, function and vigour (e.g. phenology or nutrient status) are constantly affected by biotic and abiotic agents and processes. Biotic processes include infestation by insects, plant parasites, fungi, weeds or invasive species and impact of large grazing/browsing animals. Abiotic processes are generally associated to forest disturbance or damage caused by weather (fire, wind, snow and hail) and climate (e.g. drought and global warming) events, changing soil condition (nutrient deficiency, waterlogging), chemical pollution (e.g. pesticides and atmospheric pollution) and changing land use.
Air/spaceborne remote sensing of forests provide a cost effective means of monitoring forest health. We would like to invite both applied and theoretical research contributions on the use of passive and active sensors including multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal, Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) in forest health monitoring. A multi-sensor/multiscale approach is particularly encouraged.
Topics of interest include:
- Forest structural attributes including tree height, diameter-at-breast height and aboveground biomass
- Forest species composition and diversity
- Invasive species
- Insect defoliation
- Forest phenology and impact of climatic change on phenology
- Forest biochemistry
- Fungi infestation
- Tree dieback
- Impact of forest fire on health and damage by meteorological events, snow, wind, drought etc.
- Deforestation, forest cover change and fragmentation at multiple spatial and temporal scales
Prof. Moses Azong Cho
Dr. Renaud Mathieu
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- Forest health
- Hyperspectral remote sensing
- Multispectral remote sensing
- Synthetic aperture RADAR
- Multi-sensor approach