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Special Issue "Land Cover/Land Use Change (LC/LUC) – Causes, Consequences and Environmental Impacts in South/Southeast Asia"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Krishna Prasad Vadrevu

1. Remote Sensing Scientist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL 35758, USA
2. Adjunct Professor, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, 4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 400, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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Interests: satellite remote sensing of land use/cover changes; land atmospheric interactions; remote sensing of fires; biogeochemical cycling; agroecosystems
Guest Editor
Prof. Chris Justice

Dept. of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Interests: global change research; land use/cover change; satellite based agriculture monitoring; satellite based fire monitoring; terrestrial observing systems/remote sensing
Guest Editor
Dr. Garik Gutman

NASA Headquarters, NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program, 300 E Street, SW Washington, DC 20546, USA
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Interests: land cover; land-use change; agriculture; urban growth; deforestation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In several regions of the world, including South/Southeast Asian countries, Land Cover/Land Use Change (LC/LUC) is one of the most important types of environmental change, and it is occurring rapidly. In the region, LC/LUC changes include urban expansion, agricultural land loss, land abandonment, deforestation, logging, reforestation, etc. Documenting these LU/LUC and the causes, consequences, and impacts on the environment gain significance in the region, as the results can be useful for improved land management

Remote sensing, due to its multi-temporal, multi-spectral, repetitive and synoptic coverage capabilities, can be effectively used for mapping, monitoring and assessing the LC/LUC impacts on the environment. Information on the causative factors of LC/LUC can be obtained from the field surveys, which can be linked to the LC/LUC. LC/LUC is an interdisciplinary science theme which requires linking both biophysical and social aspects.

The current Special Issue invites articles on the use of remote sensing and geospatial technologies focusing on South/Southeast Asia in the in the following LC/LUC areas:

  • Use of optical, thermal, multispectral, hyperspectral, LIDAR and airborne remote sensing data for LC/LUC mapping/monitoring, quantifying the causes/consequences including impact assessment studies integrating both biophysical and social datasets;
  • Remote sensing of forest cover changes and impacts on biogeochemical cycling.
  • Agricultural monitoring and land use change mapping including remote sensing of crop growth stage, crop calendars, crop production, farming practices and impacts on water/energy balance.
  • LUCC, urbanization and associated impacts (urban climate, air and water pollution, etc.).
  • LUCC, fires, biomass burning and pollution impacts.
  • Integrating remote sensing data for emission inventories linking bottom-up and top-down approaches.
  • Mapping and monitoring of land management practices, disturbances, and interactions;
  • Detecting long-term trends in LUCC and impacts on hydrological variables, such as runoff, evapotranspiration, and soil moisture.
  • Spatio-temporal data mining, modeling, and analysis for LUCC data and impact assessment studies.
  • New tools and methods for LUCC data generation and dissemination.

Both the regional scientists, as well as international researchers working on the above topics in the South/Southeast Asian region, are invited to contribute to this Special Issue.

Dr. Krishna Prasad Vadrevu
Dr. Garik Gutman
Prof. Chris Justice
Guest Editors

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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 monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Land Cover/Land Use Change
  • Biophysical and Social Data Integration
  • Remote Sensing

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Open AccessArticle Examining Spatial Patterns of Urban Distribution and Impacts of Physical Conditions on Urbanization in Coastal and Inland Metropoles
Remote Sens. 2018, 10(7), 1101; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10071101
Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 2 July 2018 / Accepted: 8 July 2018 / Published: 11 July 2018
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Urban expansion has long been a research hotspot and is often based on individual cities, but rarely has research conducted a comprehensive comparison between coastal and inland metropoles for understanding different spatial patterns of urban expansions and driving forces. We selected coastal metropoles
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Urban expansion has long been a research hotspot and is often based on individual cities, but rarely has research conducted a comprehensive comparison between coastal and inland metropoles for understanding different spatial patterns of urban expansions and driving forces. We selected coastal metropoles (Shanghai and Shenzhen in China, and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam) and inland metropoles (Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Lanzhou in China, and Vientiane in Laos) with various developing stages and physical conditions for examining the spatiotemporal patterns of urban expansions in the past 25 years (1990–2015). Multitemporal Landsat images with 30 m spatial resolution were used to develop urban impervious surface area (ISA) distributions and examine their dynamic changes. The impacts of elevation, slope, and rivers on spatial patterns of urban expansion were examined. This research indicates that ISA is an important variable for examining urban expansion. Coastal metropoles had much faster urbanization rates than inland metropoles. The spatial patterns of urban ISA distribution and expansion are greatly influenced by physical conditions; that is, ISA is mainly distributed in the areas with slopes of less than 10 degrees. Rivers are important geographical factors constraining urban expansion, especially in developing stages, while bridges across the rivers promote urban expansion patterns and rates. The relationships of spatial patterns of urban ISA distribution and dynamics with physical conditions provide scientific data for urban planning, management, and sustainability. Full article

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