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Special Issue "Application of Remote Sensing in Urban Climatology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: Thermal remote sensing; surface urban heat islands; land surface temperatures; LST downscaling; LST Spatiotemporal fusion; LST annual cycle parameters
Interests: Remote sensing of urban climates; crowdsourcing; urban health; thermal remote sensing
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Interests: Urban remote sensing; thermal remote sensing; urban climate; urban heat fluxes; urban surface cover and morphology; support to urban planning; urban resilience
Interests: Thermal satellite remote sensing; surface urban heat islands; land surface temperature; LST downscaling; heatwaves; decision support systems; urban resilience
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Today, more than half of the world population lives in cities. To accommodate the needs of the urban population, extensive areas have been converted to impervious surfaces and the local emission of heat, water vapor, and materials has changed profoundly. These surface and atmospheric modifications altered the local climate, making cities warmer than the surrounding non-urbanized areas. This relative warmth is widely-known as the urban heat island (UHI) effect and is a major problem for cities, since it increases the energy demand in summer, impacts the health and comfort of the urban population, and intensifies and prolongs heatwaves.
The successful study of climate effects in cities and the application of the acquired knowledge to the better planning and design of cities rely on the proper understanding, description, and modeling of urban form and urban function, which is a challenging and expensive task. Remote sensing is a prominent data source that can provide essential information, on a global level, about urban form (e.g. sprawl, land cover, 3D structure, sky view factor, etc.) and function (e.g. the land use, urban metabolism etc.). Moreover, it is used to study a relevant aspect of the UHI, the surface urban heat island (SUHI) directly via thermal infrared sensors.
This Special Issue invites authors to submit their work on innovative methods and applications that use remote sensing data to study the urban climate and inform better spatial planning and public health actions for mitigating UHI and heatwave effects. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- The study of SUHIs using dense land surface temperature (LST) time series;
- The relationship between surface and atmospheric UHI;
- The generation of LST datasets that combine high spatial and temporal resolution;
- Classifying cities into local climate zones (LCZ);
- Understanding SUHIs in different LCZ and climates;
- Monitoring urban energy exchanges from space;
- Identification and extraction of SUHI hotspots and coldspots;
- Evaluation of SUHI drivers, e.g., albedo, vegetation abundance, and sky-view factor;
- Spatial and energy planning or public health actions that use remote sensing data for mitigating UHI and heatwave effects.
Dr. Panagiotis Sismanidis
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Bechtel
Dr. Zina Mitraka
Dr. Iphigenia Keramitsoglou
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 2000 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 thermal remote sensing
- land surface temperatures
- LST downscaling
- urban climatology
- local climate zones
- anthropogenic heat emissions
- surface heat fluxes
- LST hotspots
- urban interventions