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Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Natural Hazards"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: disaster risk reduction, early warning systems, remote sensing, GIS, vulnerability assessment, risk mapping, landslides
Each year, natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones or tornados, flooding, landslides, wildfires, avalanches, volcanic eruption, extreme temperatures, storm surges, drought, etc. result in widespread loss to life, livelihood, and critical infrastructure globally. With the unprecedented growth of the human population, largescale development activities and changes to natural environment, the frequency, and intensity of extreme natural events and consequent impacts are expected to increase in future.
Technological interventions provide essential provision for the prevention and mitigation of natural hazards. Remote sensing has been one of such technologies that have completely transformed our understanding of natural hazards, including the wide range of processes operating on Earth and other planets.
The data obtained through remote sensing systems with varied spatial, spectral, and temporal resolutions particularly provide prospects for furthering knowledge on genesis, spatiotemporal patterns, and forecasting of natural hazards. The collection of data using earth observation (EO) systems has been valuable for alleviating the adverse effects of natural hazards, especially with their near real-time capabilities for tracking extreme natural events. Remote sensing systems from different platforms also serve as an important decision support tool for devising response strategies, coordinating rescue operations, and making damage and loss estimations.
The application of advanced geospatial technologies is essential in achieving targets set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. With these in mind, this Special Issue seeks original contributions on the advanced applications of remote sensing, geographic information system (GIS), and other geoinformation-based tools and techniques in understanding various dimensions of natural hazards through new theory, data products, and robust approaches. The topics may include but are not limited to:
- Monitoring and modeling natural hazards;
- Landslides and land degradation;
- Climate change and cryosphere;
- Land use and land cover change;
- Time series data and projections;
- River hydrology, floods, and floodplains;
- Earthquakes, structures, and liquefaction;
- Tsunamis, storm surges, and coastal environments;
- Hazard and vulnerability assessments;
- Risk mapping and quantifications;
- Applications of the hyperspectral and LiDAR data;
- Developing early warning systems at local to global scale.
Dr. Akhtar Alam
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 1800 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.
- natural hazards
- disasters, remote sensing
- early warning system