Special Issue "Vegetation Cover Changes from Satellite Data"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Vladimir Valerievich Elsakov
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Guest Editor
Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IB FRC Komi SC UB RAS), Syktyvkar, Russian
Interests: vegetation cover dynamics; climate change; tundra vegetation; climate and anthropogenic effects; analysis of optical remote sensing data

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vegetation cover is the most important indicator of ecosystem transformations and landscape history on local, regional, or global scales. The vegetation is one of the easily readable objects for optical remote sensing, as an active pigment keeper. The water content and density combinations of plant shoots and tree crowns open the possibility for SAR instruments analysis. The high-accuracy measurements and time-series stability of RS data are the basis for statistically correct estimations of transformations of vegetation cover. It is more important for hard-to-reach regions in Arctic, taiga, or arid zones, and in monitoring low-intensity changes. The species composition dynamics and plant biomass production are visual processes of ecosystem changes. Past and new disasters of vegetation cover (windfalls, fires, pasture grazing) affect biodiversity.

This Special Issue will accumulate original research on Vegetation Cover Changes at different levels of organization: from local communities to transition landscape zones of biomes. Careful research carried out at the local level can serve as a basis for other researchers to compare and validate their global conclusions. New algorithms for processing and measurement sensors for vegetation cover changes are also welcomed.

Dr. Vladimir Valerievich Elsakov
Guest Editor

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  • Vegetation dynamics as an indicator of global ecosystem transformations
  • Climate effects in transition vegetation zones
  • Ecological gradients in vegetation cover formation
  • Anthropogenic and native disturbances of vegetation cover
  • New algorithms and sensors for vegetation cover analysis
  • Vegetation cover mapping

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Forest Restoration in Abandoned Agricultural Lands in Post-Soviet Period: a Comparative Lansat Data Analysis of Border Regions in Russia and Belarus

Dmitry V. Ershov1, Natalia V. Koroleva1, Elena I. Belova1, Elena V. Tikhonova1, Tatiana Yu. Braslavskaya1, Egor A. Gavrilyuk1, Igor M. Bavshin2, Anastasia V. Titovets2, Gleb N. Tikhonov3

1Center for Forest Ecology and Productivity RAS, Moscow, Russia

2 National Park «Smolenskoye Poozerie», Smolensk region, Russia

3University of Helsinki, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Finland

Contact e-mail: [email protected]

The collapse of the USSR and internal political and socio-economic status in the post-Soviet period in different influenced in the agrarian sector of Russia and Belarus. The forest restoration scale in abandoned agricultural lands (AAL) have considered as an indicator. Satellite data used to monitor and demonstrate this. Our objectives: (1) a comparative analysis of the scale and stages of vegetation cover transformation of ALL in two border test regions over the past 30 years and (2) characterization of restoration successions based on ground data. We used time series of cloudless summer composite Landsat images (1985-2015). Methods of preprocessing and RF-classification of images at four succession stages are described. As a result, the scale of forest restoration and the reasons for ALL have defined. We have collected the ground data in the Russian test plots of ALL, to characterize the structure and floristic composition of young forests in different ecotopic conditions. The phenomenological models of the change of tree species at the middle and late stages of succession were also developed.

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