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Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Boreal Forests"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tuomas Häme

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland
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Interests: forest biomass and carbon; forest management support with remote sensing; forest inventory and statistical techniques; change detection; automatic and adaptive image analysis systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Garik Gutman

NASA Headquarters, Washington DC, USA
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Interests: land-cover and land-use change; forest fires; long-term observational time series; atmospheric and bi-directional effects; data fusion
Guest Editor
Dr. Oleg Antropov

Aalto University, Finland
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Interests: imaging radar; SAR polarimetry; SAR interferometry; vegetation mapping; boreal forest; land cover change; machine learning; semantic segmentation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Boreal forests, the largest terrestrial biome, includes nearly one third of the world’s forests. They have a major role in the global carbon cycle as carbon storage and sinks, with partial compensation by emissions from forest fires, deforestation, and decay of damaged forests. Moreover, the sink can turn into carbon sources by the end of the century because of climate warming, but the predictions include large uncertainties.

Intensive forest management is practiced in boreal forests to provide raw material for industry. Industry requires sustainability in terms of management to ensure continuous wood supply. Requirements of natural conservation and biodiversity impose additional challenges for forest management.

Space-borne Earth observations enable the provision of improved information of boreal forests to serve all information needs. The operational Sentinel satellites of the Copernicus program have opened a new chapter as information sources for the vast boreal forest areas. At local and regional levels, very high-resolution satellite images and airborne drones provide detailed information on boreal forest ecosystems. Radar sensors have an important role in boreal regions with frequent clouds and poor illumination conditions during winter.

For this Special Issue, we welcome submissions on most recent advancements of the remote sensing of boreal forest, including, but not limited to:

  • Carbon storage and fluxes
  • Forest variable estimation for forest management
  • Statistical inventory methods applying satellite data, accuracy assessment
  • Biodiversity
  • Forest fires
  • Change monitoring
  • Utilization of time series
  • Fusion of optical and radar data
  • Combined use of different spatial resolutions
  • Mapping and monitoring of boreal peat lands
  • SAR interferometry
  • Hyperspectral data
  • Physical image interpretation methods
  • Artificial intelligence methods

Prof. Dr. Tuomas Häme
Dr. Garik Gutman
Dr. Oleg Antropov
Guest Editors

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 monthly 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 1800 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.


  • boreal forest
  • satellite
  • carbon
  • forest management
  • change
  • data fusion
  • artificial intelligence
  • optical
  • radar

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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