Special Issue "2nd Edition Instrumenting Smart City Applications with Big Sensing and Earth Observatory Data: Tools, Methods and Techniques"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Gabriele Bitelli
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Guest Editor
DICAM – Dept. of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Viale Risorgimento 2 - 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: geomatics; remote sensing; geospatial data processing; change detection
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Dr. Emanuele Mandanici
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Guest Editor
Dept. of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy
Interests: geomatics; remote sensing; change detection; thermography; radiometric calibration; environmental monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The exponential growth in the volume of remote sensing data and the increasing quality and availability of high-resolution imagery are making more and more applications of RS data possible in urban environments. In particular, RS information, especially when combined with location-specific data collected locally or through connected devices, presents exciting opportunities for smart city applications, such as risk analysis and mitigation, climate prediction, and remote surveillance. On the other hand, the exploitation of this great amount of data poses new challenges for big data analysis models and requires new spatial information frameworks capable of integrating imagery, sensor observations, and social media in geographic information systems (GIS).

This Special Issue aims to collect high-quality contributions toward the development of new algorithms, applications, and interpretative models for the urban environment, in order to fill the gap between the impressive mass of available RS data and their effective usability by stakeholders. Therefore, this issue welcomes papers addressing (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Long time series analyses;
  • Calibration and pre-processing in a big sensing perspective;
  • VHR image classification;
  • Change detection;
  • Multisensor data integration;
  • Photogrammetric 3D modeling;
  • Risk analyses at city scale;
  • Urban heat island effect;
  • Monitoring and surveillance.

Prof. Gabriele Bitelli
Dr. Emanuele Mandanici
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 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.


  • Urban environment
  • Smart cities
  • Big data
  • Big sensing
  • 3D city modeling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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