Special Issue "Remote and Proximal Sensing to Assess the Ecological Response on Intervened Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fernando Pérez-Cabello
Guest Editor
Department of Geography and Spatial Management, and Environmental Sciences Institute (IUCA), University of Zaragoza, C/ Pedro Cerbuna 12, 50009, Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: post-fire monitoring; remote sensing of vegetation; field spectroscopy
Dr. Raquel Montorio Llovería

Guest Editor
Department of Geography and Spatial Management, and Environmental Sciences Institute (IUCA), University of Zaragoza, C/ Pedro Cerbuna 12, 50009, Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: fire severity assessment; remote sensing of vegetation; soil properties; field spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural and anthropic perturbations in the vegetation ecosystems (e.g., wildfires, insect infestations, fragmentation, floods, illegal logging, composition sifts, land abandonment) can be managed using a wide variety of forest–hydrological treatments and ecological restoration practices (e.g., afforestation, postfire salvage logging, silvicultural practices, fuel management, fertilizer applications, shrubs clearing with livestock grazing). The results of these strategies often lack monitoring programs to assess their effectiveness and consequences, due to the high cost of conducting fieldwork and the large extent or difficult accessibility of the sites. Remote sensing data are critical in the assessment of these strategies at different spatial and temporal scales. Moreover, they could be useful in many issues that are still the object of scientific discussion, providing guidelines on how to apply ecological restoration effectively. This Special Issue aims to bring together research papers focusing on both remote and proximal sensing for assessing and monitoring intervened areas across different geographic scales. Welcome topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Integration of UAV images with ground-based data to assess treatment consequences on vegetation and soil;
  • The use of dense time series of multispectral satellite data for retrospectively generating information on recovery dynamics;
  • The use of next-generation satellite sensors to monitoring treatment consequences in disturbed forest ecosystems;
  • The use of ALS data and high spatial and spectral resolution imagery to assess the effectiveness of restoration;
  • New metrics and spectral indices for monitoring ecological functions on restored ecosystems;
  • The use of VIS-NIR-SWIR spectroscopy to predict soil chemical and physical parameters and their temporal dynamic;
  • Combined remote sensing data and in situ measurements for predicting treatment effects in the long-term.

Dr. Fernando Pérez-Cabello
Dr. Raquel Montorio Llovería
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Restoration strategies
  • Post-fire treatments
  • Monitoring succession
  • Soil parameters
  • Landsat/Sentinel time series
  • VIS-NIR-SWIR spectroscopy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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