Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Urban Ecology and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019
Prof. Elizabeth Wentz
Dr. Qunshan Zhao
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85281, USA
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Interests: geographic information science; urban remote sensing; location modeling and analysis; spatial statistics; urban climate modeling and instrumentation; urban green infrastructure; human and environmental systems
The increase in the number of people living in urban areas, the proliferation of megacities, and the pervasive expansion of per-urban areas are some of the most challenging transformations of the 21st century. Urbanization has profoundly influenced urban ecosystem structures and functions, greatly changed the landscape within and around cities worldwide, and significantly influenced the living environment of urban residents. While great economic benefits are achieved by the urbanization process, negative ecological consequences such as urban heat island effects, biological invasion, air and water pollutions, and biodiversity loss and degradation are happening in the urban environment simultaneously. Thus, it is crucial to better understand how to create a sustainable urban environment, balance the conflicts between urbanization and human activities, and alleviate the negative impacts from urbanization process.
Remote Sensing offers an efficient method with which to monitor and observe the urban ecosystem and sustainable environment in a real-time and high-spatial-resolution manner. After more than 50 years of development, various remote sensing techniques (optical, thermal infrared, microwave (SAR/INSAR), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), and night lights) have been widely applied to understand the urban environment. We are requesting papers for a Special Issue of Remote Sensing on the remote sensing of urban ecology and sustainability. Specific topics include, but are not limited to
- The use of remote sensing to understand the ecological consequences of urbanization, such as biological invasion, habitat fragmentation, etc.
- The use of remote sensing to develop urban green infrastructure
- The exploration of urban heat island effects and ecosystem services using remote sensing
- Novel remote sensing application (new sensors, new methodology, etc.) in urban ecology and sustainability
We especially encourage submission with a combination of different methodologies (remote sensing, spatial analysis, urban climatology, etc.) to understand the overarching topic.Prof. Elizabeth Wentz
Dr. Qunshan Zhao
Manuscript Submission Information
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- urban remote sensing
- urban ecology
- sustainable urban environment
- urban green infrastructure
- urban climate
- spatial analysis and modeling