Special Issue "Remote Sensing for Climate Change Studies"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Lalit Kumar
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Ecosystem Management, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England (UNE), Armidale NSW 2351, Australia
Interests: environmental modelling; spatial ecology; climate change impacts; remote sensing; GIS; spatial modelling
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Prof. Onisimo Mutanga
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School of Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, P. Bag X01, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3209, South Africa
Interests: hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing; vegetation pattern analysis and monitoring (quality and quantity, species distribution); spatial modeling; climate change impacts
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Prof. Dr. Biswajeet Pradhan
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate Change and its impacts on the environment is a current key topic of interest and discussion. Remote Sensing technology has the capacity to offer much to this field of research. Remote Sensing allows for the capture of images over large areas at a fraction of the cost and time and on a regular basis. A multitude of satellites provide global coverage at fine scales, with coverage as well as spatial and spectral resolutions improving with each launch. Such information can be used for climate monitoring and change detection studies, ranging from local to global extents. Some sensors have been launched recently and so have provided imagery for only a few decades. However, other systems have been recording data for many more years and so provide excellent opportunities to investigate long-term changes. As an example, the Vanguard-2 satellite has been recording solar irradiance and cloud reflection since its launch in 1959. Such data has become crucial for detecting longer-term changes in climate change studies.

This Special Issue calls for innovative methods and applications of Remote Sensing for climate-change-related studies. The range of topics includes but is not limited to:

  • glacial retreat;
  • changes in long-term snow cover;
  • land use changes and impacts on climate;
  • impacts of climate change on food production;
  • declining forest cover due to climate change;
  • declining forest cover and how it can affect climate through greenhouse gas (GHG) sequestration;
  • conversion of peatlands;
  • climate change impacts and temporal monitoring;
  • crop monitoring;
  • climate change impacting natural hazards;
  • coastal erosion analysis and prediction;
  • changes in mass wasting and mass movements;
  • multi-temporal high-resolution satellite images;
  • drought monitoring and assessment;
  • impact of climate change on natural resources;
  • soil carbon sequestration; and
  • climate impact on ecosystem services.

Professor Lalit Kumar
Prof. Onisimo Mutanga
Prof. Biswajeet Pradhan
Guest Editors

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  • climate change
  • snow cover
  • glacial retreat
  • land use change
  • natural hazard monitoring and management
  • natural resources
  • earth observation
  • coastal eorsion
  • drought assessment

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Exceptionally High 2018 Equilibrium Line Altitude on Taku Glacier, Alaska
Remote Sens. 2019, 11(20), 2378; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11202378 - 14 Oct 2019
The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) has been examining the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield since 1946. The height of the transient snowline (TSL) at the end of the summer represents the annual equilibrium line altitude (ELA) for the glacier, where ablation equals [...] Read more.
The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) has been examining the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield since 1946. The height of the transient snowline (TSL) at the end of the summer represents the annual equilibrium line altitude (ELA) for the glacier, where ablation equals accumulation. On Taku Glacier the ELA has been observed annually from 1946 to 2018. Since 1998 multiple annual observations of the TSL in satellite imagery identify both the migration rate of the TSL and ELA. The mean ELA has risen 85 ± 10 m from the 1946–1985 period to the 1986–2018 period. In 2018 the TSL was observed at: 900 m on 5 July; 975 m on 21 July; 1075 m on 30 July; 1400 m on 16 September; and 1425 m on 1 October. This is the first time since 1946 that the TSL has reached or exceeded 1250 m on Taku Glacier. The 500 m TSL rise from 5 July to 30 July, 8.0. md−1, is the fastest rate of rise observed. This combined with the observed balance gradient in this region yields an ablation rate of 40–43 mmd−1, nearly double the average ablation rate. On 22 July a snow pit was completed at 1405 m with 0.93 m w.e. (water equivalent), that subsequently lost all snow cover, prior to 16 September. This is one of eight snow pits completed in July providing field data to verify the ablation rate. The result of the record ELA and rapid ablation is the largest negative annual balance of Taku Glacier since records began in 1946. Full article
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