Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Vegetation Dynamics and Resilience"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: climate variability and extremes; droughts; heatwaves; vegetation dynamics; remote sensing; wildfires
Interests: remote sensing of surface parameters; wildfires and land use changes; climate conditions associated to extreme (droughts and heatwaves)
Over the last four decades, continuous monitoring of vegetation from space has allowed a deeper understanding of the links between the observed major global changes in vegetation dynamics and climate (e.g., trends, variability and extremes). The recent availability of reliable remote sensing data covering wide regions over long periods of time has progressively strengthened its role in environmental studies, in particular in those related to climate extremes.
Extreme climate events, such as heatwaves, droughts or wildfires, are expected to become more intense, frequent and long lasting worldwide. In our days, the response of land vegetation to extreme events is still a challenging subject, as growth and CO2 uptake by plants are constrained to a large extent by droughts and heatwaves. Differences in the physiological response of plant species to water scarcity and high evaporative demand determine different levels of resistance and resilience and ultimately determining a slow growth or reduce greenness, leading to loss of biomass and plant mortality.
Special attention has been devoted to long-term, large-scale studies aiming to assess the impact of atmospheric circulation variability on surface climate and related vegetation activity. Global and regional patterns of teleconnections have pointed to explain land ecosystems processes even better than single climate variables, because they influence simultaneously the range of weather variables that cause interacting, and sometimes opposing, responses by ecosystems.
This Special Issue intends to be a useful and valuable demonstration of the added value of using remote sensing for vegetation dynamics studies worldwide, and a mean of stimulating multidisciplinary collaborations for land ecosystems dynamics understanding. Therefore, the submission of articles regarding, but not limited to, the following topics associated to remote sensing techniques:
- Long-term studies of vegetation dynamics
- Vegetation dynamics and associated drivers at global and regional scales
- Vegetation dynamics in the context of climate change, extremes, and variability
- Vegetation dynamics and carbon uptake
- Vegetation dynamics in drylands and in humid ecosystems
- Global Trends in vegetation dynamics
- Groundwater dependent ecosystems
- Fire and vegetation dynamics
- Vegetation resilience of land ecosystems
- Land degradation and desertification
- Land cover change and use and vegetation dynamics
- Vegetation resilience in fire and drought-prone regions
- Innovative use of remote sensing technologies for vegetation characterization and monitoring, as well as, change detection.
Dr. Célia Gouveia
Dr. Renata Libonati
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
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- Extreme climate events
- Vegetation dynamics
- Remote sensing
- Climate variability and change
- Vegetation resilience
- Land degradation
- Carbon balance