Special Issue "Satellite-Based Wetland Observation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Prof. Michael S. Kearney
Department of Environmental Science and Technology University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Interests: applications of remote sensing technologies to coastal wetlands (marsh loss, effects of eutrophication, adaptations to sea level rise), and their use in coastal engineering
Modern use of remote sensing to wetlands go back to the late 1970s and the application of the Cowardin system (Cowardin et al. 1979) with color aerial photography (Dahl 2004). Since the advent of Landsat Thematic Mapper, with it 30 m pixel resolution and usable multispectral capabilities, satellite remote sensing of wetlands has really come of age. I propose to look at two aspects of the application of present remote sensing methods to wetlands. The first concerns how various aerial and satellite platforms have been used to map wetlands, and what advantages they offer and what wetlands they have been applied to. The wetlands to be covered will include:
- Tidal and non-tidal marshes, each presenting issues related to daily or seasonal hydroperiod variations;
- Bottom land seasonal wetlands
- Cypress swamps
- Prairie potholes
The range of papers should also discuss the problems of applying such methods to certain types of wetlands, despite the fact that a particular sensor may be the default approach. An example here is the use of Lidar in forest wetlands or increasingly in coastal marshes, given the problem of water absorption on the signal return intensity.
The other major thrust of the special issue will focus on how remote sensing has furthered wetland science. The topics here could range from:
- Insights into wetland loss, particularly coastal wetlands and sea level rise
- Changes in vegetation as a response to climate change
- Wetland resilience: response to perturbations, trajectory of recovery it if occurs
- Evaluation of ecosystem services
One or two papers should be considered as issue bookends, looking into future directions in wetland research where remote sensing could play a pivotal role in achieving new insights in such directions. These papers should be forward looking with respect to what new sensors may be deployed in the next decade or so. Moreover, the papers could address emerging spatial data models using remotely-sensed data, as well as what new archival methods especially tailored to such data are either coming online now, or will in the immediate future.
 Some of these wetlands have not received that much attention, and the scientists I have mind may be want to contribute or have moved on.
Dr. Michael Kearney
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