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Special Issue "Remote Sensing and Land Surface Process Models for Permafrost Studies II"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 152

Special Issue Editors

Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: permafrost; hydrothermal transfer processes; land surface modeling;land-atmosphere interaction; climate change
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Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: permafrost remote sensing; thermokarst processes; landslides
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the overwhelming support and interest in the previous Special Issue (SI), we are introducing a 2nd edition on “Remote Sensing and Land Surface Process Models for Permafrost Studies” ( I would like to thank all the authors and co-authors who made contributions to the success of the 1st edition of this SI.

Permafrost is an essential component of the cryosphere and occupies about 25% of the land surface of the Northern Hemisphere. Under global warming and extreme events, extensive degradation of permafrost has been widely observed in recent years, making the frozen carbon vulnerable and more easily emitted as methane and carbon dioxide. The hydrothermal processes are complex due to strong land–atmosphere interactions in the permafrost regions. An improved understanding of the mechanisms that drive changes in the permafrost thermal state and the associated environmental impacts is lacking due to the scarce ground monitoring data in permafrost regions. Remote sensing technology and land surface models have been the effective means of understanding permafrost dynamics and their responses associated with changes in climatic and environmental conditions, as well as land–atmosphere interactions. Combined multi-source data, including remote sensing retrievals, in situ monitoring, and model estimates, provide an opportunity to improve our understanding of processes and mechanisms in the interactions between permafrost, climate, ecological, and hydrological processes.

In order to report and highlight the latest progress and research direction of remote sensing technology and model applications in permafrost regions, and to promote wide communication on the subject, we are looking for more papers on the topic: “Remote Sensing and Land Surface Process Models for Permafrost studies”.

This SI will showcase recent efforts in applying advanced remote sensing technology and land surface models in permafrost research, including the identification of freeze–thaw states, the inversion of soil moisture and ground deformation, the simulation of hydrothermal processes, permafrost change processes, permafrost interaction with the climate, ecology and hydrology, hazard identification and prediction based on remote sensing technology, and land surface process models. This subject involves the multidisciplinary intersection of permafrost, atmospheric, hydrology, and ecological sciences with remote sensing. It fits well with the research scope of this journal.

This SI invites contributions dealing with the remote sensing technology and land surface process model for permafrost change processes and its environmental effects on different spatial and temporal scales, monitoring their dynamics, exploring the mechanisms of the permafrost change process, and improving simulation accuracy based on the integrated use of remotely sensed data and in situ measurements. Review articles are also welcomed. Articles may address, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Basic data in permafrost regions;
  • Hydrothermal process;
  • Freeze–thaw states;
  • Inversion of soil water content;
  • Ground deformation;
  • Thermokarst processes;
  • Improvement of parameterization scheme for permafrost;
  • Numerical simulation of permafrost change process;
  • Biophysical response of vegetation associated with warming;
  • Land–atmosphere interaction;
  • Hydro-ecological effects of permafrost;
  • Hazard identification and prediction.

Dr. Guojie Hu
Dr. Wenxin Zhang
Dr. Jie Chen
Guest Editors

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  • permafrost
  • soil moisture/temperature
  • numerical simulation
  • remote sensing
  • climate change
  • observation
  • environmental effects
  • cold regions

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