Special Issue "Imaging Spectroscopy of Forest Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Henning Buddenbaum
Guest Editor
Environmental Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics, Trier University, 54286 Trier, Germany
Interests: Imaging Spectroscopy; Forestry; LiDAR

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hyperspectral remote sensing, also known as imaging spectroscopy, has been available since the 1980s and is still an expanding and vibrant field of study. After the early satellite sensors HYPERION and CHRIS, there were no new hyperspectral satellites for a long time. With PRISMA and DESIS, the first few of a new generation of satellite hyperspectral imagers have now been deployed, such as EnMAP, HISUI, SHALOM, FLEX, and others are soon to follow. Airborne and UAV-based hyperspectral sensors have become affordable, so nowadays getting a hyperspectral dataset is no longer the exclusive privilege of a handful of institutions. The wavelength range of hyperspectral sensors has been extended into the thermal infrared, opening the pathway to numerous novel research questions.

Despite all that, studies about using Imaging Spectroscopy to better understand Forest Ecosystems are still scarce. This Special Issue therefore aims at collecting high-quality papers on applications of hyperspectral remote sensing for forest research. Studies about species distribution, forest health, growth conditions, photosynthesis, fluorescence, forest structure, and similar topics are welcome, as well as studies on sensor fusion and synergies between imaging spectroscopy and other techniques like Lidar, Radar, or multispectral imaging. Methodological papers on hyperspectral data-processing techniques like machine learning, deep learning, unmixing, feature reduction, and others are welcome if they have a clear application in forest science. Review papers, technical notes, and research contributions are suitable.

Dr. Henning Buddenbaum
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Hyperspectral
  • Imaging Spectroscopy
  • Forest
  • Ecosystem
  • Tree

Published Papers

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