Special Issue "Satellite Remote Sensing of Urban Thermal Environment: Progresses, Challenges, and Opportunities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.
Dr. Weiqi Zhou
State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 18 Shuangqing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China
Interests: urban remote sensing, urban ecology, landscape ecology, urban heat island, object-based image analysis
Dr. Bailang Yu
Key Laboratory of Geographic Information Science, Ministry of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
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Interests: nighttime light remote sensing, urban remote sensing, object-oriented analysis for remotely sensed images, LiDaR (Light Detection and Ranging)
Dr. Decheng Zhou
Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Agricultural Meteorology, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, No.219 Ningliu Road, Nanjing 210044, China
Interests: urban heat island, urban ecology, land use and land cover change, satellite remote sensing
In the past several decades, the world has experienced fast urbanization, and this trend is expected to continue for decades to come. Urbanization plays an important role in the Earth system through modifying the terrestrial surfaces and atmospheric composition. Especially, urbanization changes the thermal environment in urban areas by creating the phenomenon of urban heat islands (UHI), with higher temperatures in urban areas compared to their surrounding rural areas. UHI has a significant socioeconomic and environmental impact, such as increasing cooling energy use, altering vegetation phenology, and affecting the health of urban dwellers, from local, to regional, and even global scales. As a result, UHI will pose challenges for environmental sustainability with its significant adverse impacts on human activities and natural processes. There is a growing need, from both the science and policy making communities, for science-based information and knowledge on the urban thermal environment and its drivers and impact from local to global scales. An improved understanding of the urban thermal environment can help us develop better practices in land use planning and management for urban sustainability.
Satellite remote sensing plays an irreplaceable role in understanding our urban thermal environment. With the rapid development of remote sensing technologies and algorithms, this Special Issue invites original manuscripts on the latest research and advancement in the remote sensing of the urban thermal environment. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
- New methods for quantifying surface and air UHI;
- Improvements in land surface and air temperate data for UHI studies;
- Relationship between surface and air UHI;
- Innovative findings on spatial and temporal patterns of UHI;
- UHI studies in understudied regions or cities;
- Evaluations of UHI drivers (e.g., urban composition and configuration);
- Cooling effects of green and blue spaces;
- Predicting and modelling UHI;
- The investigation of UHI impacts on human activities (e.g., building energy use and heat related illness);
- The investigation of UHI impacts on natural processes (e.g., vegetation phenology);
- Mitigation and adaptation measures of UHI.
Dr. Yuyu Zhou
Dr. Weiqi Zhou
Dr. Bailang Yu
Dr. Wenfeng Zhan
Dr. Decheng Zhou
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Urban thermal environment
- Urban heat island
- Land surface temperature
- Surface air temperature
- Thermal remote sensing
- Drivers and effects
- Impervious surface area
- Urban greenspace
- Urban composition and configuration
- Building energy use
- Vegetation phenology
- Heat-related illnesses
- Mitigation and adaptation