Special Issue "EO Based Environmental Mapping Services: Matching Agriculture, Urban Areas and Protected Areas Information Needs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Dr. Andrea Taramelli
Associate Professor, IUSS—Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, Palazzo del Broletto - Piazza della Vittoria n.15, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), Via Vitaliano Brancati 48, 00144 Roma, Italy
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Phone: +39 03 8237 5847 (IUSS) or +39 06 5007 4635 (ISPRA
Interests: geomorphology, geophysics and surface change, remote sensing, natural hazard, GIS
Dr. Christopher Small
Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Marine Geology and Geophysics, 304B Oceanography 61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000 Palisades, NY 10964-8000 US
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Interests: geophysics, land surface processes, remote sensing, population and environment
The continuous mapping and monitoring of the environment is of paramount importance for adopting proper protection, for conservation or recovery policies, for assessing their effectiveness, for prioritizing managing activities, and for defining spatial planning measures.
The use of EO data for mapping and monitoring the environment (natural, semi-natural, agricultural, and anthropic) based on automatic or semi-automatic procedures enables a more rapid generation of mapping products compared to those that are field-based, allowing one to reach hardly accessible areas (e.g., wetlands) and ensuring a wide spatial and temporal product coverage.
The Copernicus Programme, along with the fleet of the Sentinels (optical and SAR sensors), have made available to different users—private, institutional, scientific—a growing amount of free data covering the whole globe at several spatial resolutions and with a high revisit time. The Sentinels constellation therefore represents a great opportunity, enabling the improvement of land and sea monitoring and paving the way for the generation and delivery of new EO-derived products and services both experimental and consolidated in the domain of agriculture, food security, raw materials, soils, biodiversity, environmental degradation and hazards, inland and coastal waters, and forestry.
All this means a new chance for changing the environmental geoinformation domain by developing new or adapting already available algorithms and workflow (e.g., data fusion a/o integration), creating new products and tools (e.g., added value information products, automatic or semi-automatic tools), and creating downstream applications and services in favor of both public and private sector stakeholders as providers or users.
This Special Issue aims to present and showcase EO-based solutions for environmental mapping (status, changes, and pressures) with the goal of establishing new regional and national downstreaming operational services and supporting users to fulfill their information needs, especially those related to legal obligations. Hence, user requirements (required parameters and products technical specification) are also of high interest.
The papers of this Special Issue will aim to present the state of the research of proposed products and procedures, with practical cases, having as a final goal their implementation on a national scale.
These articles shall address, but are not limited to, the following:
- methods for defining user requirements: analysis of domains, applications, spatial, spectral and temporal sampling, and radiometric requirements
- multi-source data integration or fusion methods (e.g., active/passive remote sensing, airborne, in situ, modeling, and socio-economic);
- mapping products: showing the current status, changes occurred, or future predictions of the environment or associated added value information
- mapping products analysis: spatial and temporal pattern analysis, landscape, and class metrics
- the development of new algorithms and workflows or adaptation of those already existing according to Sentinels characteristics, especially in the perspective of national downstream operational services
- procedures: automatic or semi-automatic procedures
- innovative and dedicated EO tools (e.g., platforms, tools, data cubes, and coding).
Where relevant, the articles should tackle the aspects of accuracy, validation, standardisation, limitations, and transferability for an easy and seamless integration in national processes and systems.
Dr. Andrea Taramelli
Dr. Christopher Small
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- Earth Observation
- mapping product
- user-driven approach
- operational services
- spatial and temporal patterns