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Special Issue "Land Degradation Assessment with Earth Observation II"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecological Remote Sensing".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 8333
Special Issue Editor
Interests: land use/cover change; land degradation; desertification; multi-temporal analysis; sub-Saharan Africa; Mediterranean
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Special Issue Information
For decades now, land degradation has been identified as one of the most pressing problems facing the planet. Alarming estimates are often published by the academic community and intergovernmental organisations, claiming that a third of the planet is undergoing various degradation processes and almost half of the world’s population is already residing in degraded lands. Moreover, as land degradation directly affects the biophysical processes of vegetation and leads to changes in ecosystem functioning, it has a knock-on effect on habitats and, therefore, on numerous species of flora and fauna that become endangered or/and extinct.
The processes that have more commonly been identified as the driving factors behind land degradation are both anthropogenic as well as climatic, and numerous studies have thus far attempted to disentangle the nexus between the two. The most prominent causes have appeared to be the processes of soil erosion by water or wind, soil salinization, gully erosion, natural hazards, land use/cover change, agricultural expansion or abandonment, deforestation, urbanisation, grazing intensification, bush encroachment, fuelwood extraction and drought.
By far the most widely used approach in assessing land degradation has been to employ Earth observation data. Especially during the last decade, with technological advancements and the computational capacity of computers on the one hand, together with the availability of open-access remotely sensed data archives on the other, numerous works dedicated to the study of the various aspects of land degradation have been undertaken. The spectral, spatial and temporal resolution of these studies varies considerably, and multiscale, multitemporal and multisensor approaches have also evolved.
This forthcoming 2nd Volume of the Special Issue on “Land Degradation Assessment with Earth Observation” calls for original research papers with a focus on land degradation in arid, semiarid and dry-subhumid areas (i.e., desertification), but also temperate rangelands, grasslands, woodlands, peatlands and the humid tropics. Papers covering any spatial and temporal scale are welcome, and both abrupt and more salient changes and degradation processes are of interest. Time-series analysis techniques that assess the timing and duration of the reduction in biological productivity brought about by land degradation are also encouraged.
Dr. Elias Symeonakis
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- Land degradation
- Soil erosion
- Land use/cover change
- Habitat degradation
- Multitemporal analysis
- Time-series analysis