Special Issue "Advancing Land Surface Phenological Analysis with High Spatial Resolution Imagery"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Chunyuan Diao
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Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Interests: land surface phenology; time series remote sensing; computational remote sensing; large-scale agricultural and forest dynamic monitoring; invasive species and biodiversity
Dr. Xiaoyang Zhang
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Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellences, Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007, USA
Interests: biomass burning emissions; burned area; fire seasonality; climate change; real-time monitoring; remote sensing.
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Dr. Liang Liang
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Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506–0027, USA
Interests: plant/vegetation phenology; bioclimatology; remote sensing
Dr. Rasmus Houborg
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Planet Labs, 645 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Interests: multi-sensor data fusion; radiometric harmonization; machine learning; precision agriculture; satellite-based retrieval of vegetation biophysical properties and functional traits; satellite-based water use and productivity estimation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land surface phenology (LSP) plays a crucial role in characterizing ecosystem structures and functions, and is an integrative indicator of terrestrial ecosystems in response to climatic and anthropogenic changes. LSP regulates terrestrial gross primary productivity, water-energy-carbon fluxes, and ecological processes, as well as providing critical information for detecting vegetation types and land cover/land use changes. Time series of earth observation data from coarse resolution sensors (e.g., AVHRR, SPOT VGT, and MODIS) set the stage for LSP operational monitoring at regional to global scales. Recently, a new generation of time series studies using high spatial resolution imagery (sub 100m) has opened up opportunities to advance our scientific understanding of patterns, trends, drivers, and consequences of LSP dynamics across diverse ecosystems in unparalleled detail. In particular, the harmonization of Landsat and Sentinel-2, together with the fusion of coarse resolution satellite imagery (e.g., MODIS and VIIRS), has been increasingly explored to improve LSP monitoring and modeling, especially at heterogeneous landscapes. Besides, the constellation of CubeSats (e.g., PlanetScope) imagery provides enhanced capabilities for land surface characterization. The near-surface remote sensing (e.g., drone, pheno-cam, and smartphone) has gained increasing popularity with its potential to connect satellite- and ground-based phenological measures, as well as to conduct more comprehensive phenological validation. The unprecedented wealth of information provided by higher temporal frequency, improved spatial resolution, and sheer data volume calls for innovative data analysis algorithms and monitoring strategies.

In this Special Issue, we are inviting submissions including, but not limited to, the following

  • Novel approaches for high spatial resolution (sub 100m) LSP monitoring
  • Characterize spatio-temporal patterns and trends of LSP at high spatial resolutions
  • Multi-source data fusion for LSP characterization
  • Improved understanding of mechanisms and drivers underlying LSP dynamics
  • Multi-scale phenological monitoring from species to landscape levels
  • LSP applications across ecosystems (e.g., forest, cropland, and grassland)

Dr. Chunyuan Diao
Dr. Xiaoyang Zhang
Dr. Liang Liang
Dr. Rasmus Houborg
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Land surface phenology
  • Data fusion
  • Near-surface remote sensing
  • Phenology validation
  • High spatial resolution
  • Time series analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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