Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Functions: Advances for Ecosystems Conservation Status Assessment"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paola Mairota
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Scienze Agro Ambientali e Territoriali, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Interests: biodiversity and conservation; climate change; forest ecology; forest management; habitat modelling; landscape ecology; remote sensing
Prof. Dr. Javier Cabello
Guest Editor
Centro Andaluz para la Evaluación y Seguimiento del Cambio Global (CAESCG), Universidad de Almeria, 04120 La Cañada, Spain
Interests: arid zones ecology; conservation biodiversity; ecosystem functions and services; remote sensing; translational ecology
Prof. Dr. Domingo Alcaraz-Segura
Guest Editor
Inter-university Institute for Earth System Research. Department of Botany, University of Granada, Spain
Interests: remote-sensing based assessment of land-use change on ecosystem functioning and services; development of monitoring and warning systems for changes in the functioning of socio-ecosystems; geographical priorities in biodiversity conservation; botany and vegetation science
Dr. Ana Sofia Vaz
Guest Editor
CIBIO-INBIO, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, InBIO - Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Laboratory, University of Porto, Portugal
Interests: remote sensing of biological invasions; monitoring systems for evaluating changes in ecosystem services; social and ecological approaches to support ecosystem management and planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD 2014) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNDP 2015) advocate the assessment of ecosystem conservation status. Biodiversity conservation, both inside and outside protected areas, is imperative due to its intrinsic and extrinsic importance for Earth system equilibrium and human wellbeing.

Remote sensing technologies are usually applied in the context of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and the EU Habitats Directive for the quantification of spatial indicators (e.g., geographical distribution, extent) and their trends. Despite the recognized great potential and advantages offered by these technologies, their application in the same context to functional indicators (e.g., vegetation phenology, defoliation, habitat quality, water availability, shade provided to the ground) and corresponding proxies is so far underrepresented.

This Special Issue will comprise a selection of research papers reporting scientific advances in the application of cost-effective, integrated and transferable remote sensing based frameworks to ecosystem function assessment, within the perspectives of enhancing monitoring and reporting capacities of managing authorities.

Dr. Paola Mairota
Prof. Javier Cabello
Prof. Domingo Alcaraz-Segura
Dr. Ana Sofia Vaz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Conservation status
  • Risk of collapse
  • Ecosystem functions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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