Special Issue "Remote Sensing for Mapping Global Land Surface Parameters"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Yongze Song
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Guest Editor
School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, WA 6102, Australia
Interests: sustainable development; spatial statistics; geospatial methods; urban remote sensing; sustainable infrastructure
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global and continental scale-mapping of land surface parameters is essential for understanding, analysis, and management of the large-scale natural and social environment. The remotely sensed land surface parameters generally consist of land cover and land use, climate variables, vegetation, leaf area index, biomass, bushfire, soil properties, river, lake, snow, glaciers, albedo, etc. The remote sensing products, such as nighttime light, can also provide essential datasets for social studies. The process of using remote sensing to address practical issues may include the development of objectives and hypotheses, collection of remote sensing images and in situ data, image processing, visualization, and analysis, model validation and accuracy assessment, and decision making. Recent advances in the remotely sensed land surface parameters at a global scale can provide new findings, methods, datasets, experience, and knowledge for academic research, professional implementations, and community practice.

This Special Issue aims to collect studies on the development, mapping, and implementation of remote-sensing-based global land surface parameters. Topics may include any land surface parameters at a large spatial scale, such as global, continental, and country scales. The land surface parameters may cover any aspects of mapping the natural environment, such as land use, climate, vegetation, water, soil, ecology, air conditions, etc., as well as implementing the parameters in the built environment and social environment. In addition, topics may also cover studies on the development of datasets of global land surface parameters, and methods for data processing, analysis, and decision making.

This Special Issue aims to collect research articles and reviews about “Remote Sensing for Mapping Global Land Surface Parameters”. The broad topics of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Methods, datasets, or applications of remotely sensed land surface parameters;
  • Mapping large-scale natural or social environment using remote sensing;
  • Multi-scale spatial analysis of land surface parameters;
  • Remote sensing or grid product comparison and validation;
  • Remote sensing and mapping global sustainability;
  • Mapping global land cover and land use;
  • Mapping global vegetation, leaf area index, greenness, or biomass;
  • Mapping global natural hazards, such as bushfire, droughts, flooding, and extreme temperature;
  • Mapping global water systems, such as river, lake, snow, and glaciers;
  • Mapping global soil properties, such as soil moisture and organic carbon;
  • Mapping global nighttime light and socio-economic development;
  • Mapping global social attributes using remote sensing, such as building, disease, and population;
  • Reviews of remote sensing for mapping land surface parameters.

Dr. Yongze Song
Guest Editor

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 semimonthly 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 2500 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.


  • global mapping
  • global land surface mapping
  • large-scale mapping
  • multi-scale mapping
  • land surface parameters
  • global land surface datasets
  • remote sensing products

Published Papers

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