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Special Issue "Deep Learning and Big Data Mining with Remote Sensing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2023 | Viewed by 1046

Special Issue Editors

National Security Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville, TN 37831, USA
Interests: risk assessment and prediction; critical infrastructure resilience; urban resilience; remote sensing; geoinformatics; image fusion; spatial data science; social vulnerability; energy justice
Institute for Computational and Data Sciences&Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Interests: remote sensing; natural hazards; numerical models; machine learning; artificial intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

AI/ML / remote sensing / hazards (but also other applications).  I think we need to emphasize remote sensing + AI/ML

The availability of large-scale earth observation data at varying spatial, temporal and spectral resolutions, whether derived from satellite sensors, drones or urban sensors, has enabled these datasets to be used to generate a time-critical situational awareness of different applications, including for extreme events. It is imperative to derive and update such information for applications in cities. The easy access to large volumes of datasets combined with advancements in artificial intelligence/machine learning and computational science has allowed for the generation of derived products and visualization platforms for decision makers. While there is no shortage of using remote sensing data for different applications, the quality of the derived products remains an intellectual and practical challenge.

The aim of this Special Issue is to publish basic and empirical research focused on (i) applying AI/DL along with remote sensing for different applications, with a specific focus given to extreme events; (ii) developing new data and image fusion techniques and statistical/mathematical models that allow high spatio-temporal resolution products to be derived; and (iii) assessing quality issues, including ethics, privacy and reproducibility/replicability of the derived products. The Special Issue contributes to the journal’s goal to publish methodological and applied papers pertaining to every aspect of remote sensing.

  • Challenges in collecting, processing and analyzing Big Data for real-time applications;
  • Data fusion of multi-source and/or heterogeneous datasets;
  • Privacy, reproducibility and replicability of remote sensing and AI-derived products;
  • Geo-visualization techniques to analyze and visualize remote sensing data;
  • Technological advances in hardware and data management;
  • Large-scale spatial data mining;
  • Spatial downscaling;
  • Virtual 3D mapping and analysis using remote sensing data. 

Dr. Bandana Kar
Dr. Guido Cervone
Dr. Xinyue Ye
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 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.


  • data and image fusion
  • reproducibility and replicability
  • EO for emergency management
  • advantages and limitations of AI/DL

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ADAfinder Tool Applied to EGMS Data for the Structural Health Monitoring of Urban Settlements
Remote Sens. 2023, 15(2), 324; - 05 Jan 2023
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The new European Ground Motion Service (EGMS) opens a new prospect in the study of the ground deformation phenomena influencing structures and infrastructures, at regional scale, exploiting the huge archives of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images acquired from Sentinel-1 satellites. The research is [...] Read more.
The new European Ground Motion Service (EGMS) opens a new prospect in the study of the ground deformation phenomena influencing structures and infrastructures, at regional scale, exploiting the huge archives of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images acquired from Sentinel-1 satellites. The research is currently oriented toward developing new methodologies to exploit this great volume of data, the management of which is difficult and onerous in terms of time. A new methodology for the monitoring of the deformations of urban settlements, based on the application of the ADAfinder tool to EGMS measure points, is proposed in this work. It targets the semi-automatic extraction of active deformation areas (ADA), given in the form of maps, with the goal to identify the buildings affected by displacements above a given threshold among all the buildings included in the investigated area. This allows a smart selection of the buildings needing insights about their condition through on-site monitoring or inspections, providing real support for the management of the urban areas. The proposed methodology is applied to two different case study areas in the city of Barcelona (Spain): the Eixample, in the heart of the city, and the Zona Franca, an industrial area near to the harbor. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Deep Learning and Big Data Mining with Remote Sensing)
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