Special Issue "Remote Sensing for Marine Environmental Disaster Response"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Zhixiang Fang
Guest Editor
State Key Laboratory for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
Interests: remote sensing for marine environmental disaster; space-time GIS; spatiotemporal optimization
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Dr. Xiaofeng Li
Guest Editor
NCWCP - E/RA3, 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740, USA
Interests: AI oceanography; big data; ocean remote sensing; physical oceanography; boundary layer meteorology; synthetic aperture radar imaging mechanism; multiple-polarization radar applications; satellite image classification and segmentation
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Prof. Quanyi Huang
Guest Editor
Institute for Public Safety Research, Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Interests: public safety; marine environmental disaster response
Prof. Jaroslaw Tęgowski
Guest Editor
Head of Marine Geophysics Lab. Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdanskal. Marszalka Pilsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland
Interests: underwater ambient noise; sounds generated by melting and calving Arctic glaciers; underwater ambient noise of anthropogenic origin; acoustic properties of the sea floor; acoustic classification of bottom sediments and morphologic forms of the seabed; analytical and numerical modelling of sound scattering on the corrugated sea bottom; acoustic monitoring and classification of marine habitat; modeling and numerical simulation of the physical processes occurring in the sea; signal analysis including methods of wavelet analysis, spectral analysis, chaos theory, artificial intelligence, and fuzzy logic; geomorphometry—parametric description of the sea bottom surface
Dr. Magaly Koch
Guest Editor
Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Interests: hydrogeology; geomorphology; natural hazards; land use/cover changes; optical/radar remote sensing
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Dr. Yukiharu Hisaki
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, 1 Aza-Senbaru, Nishihara-cho, Okinawa 903-0213, Japan
Interests: ocean remote sensing; physical oceanography; surface waves; HF radar remote sensing; radio wave scattering from the sea surface

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many countries face marine environmental disasters, like storm surges, waves, macroalgal blooms, oil spill, and sea ice and coastal erosion, which cause great economic loss and environmental damage. These disasters pose a serious threat to coastal areas, owing to their effects on buildings, aquaculture, tourism, and maritime transportation. Therefore, governments need to respond to these types of disasters quickly in order to reduce the loss and damage of coastal area infrastructure and safeguard coastal habitats and wildlife. Remote sensing (RS) plays an important role in sensing these marine environmental disasters by alerting and assisting decision makers in the process of marine environmental disaster response. However, during the response to marine environmental disasters, governments face some challenges associated with remote sensing technologies, such as limited spatial/spectral resolutions, insufficient repeat cycles, and unavailability of RS satellite images due to cloudy images, and high cost of surveillance airplanes and ships. Therefore, it is urgent to develop better solutions to respond to marine environmental disasters in a timely and proper manner by considering important aspects such as requirements of safety management, sensing capabilities of RS, and spatial analytics capabilities of geographical information science.

This Special Issue aims to explore new solutions in marine environmental disaster response studies/policies/monitoring, etc. In this context, contributions that address but are not restricted to the following topics are welcome:

  • Fusing optical RS images and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images;
  • Integrating RS images and results of surveillance airplanes and ships;
  • Modeling spatiotemporal processes of marine environmental disasters;
  • Assessing vulnerability to marine environmental disasters;
  • Predicting marine environmental disasters;
  • Generating smart monitoring solutions;
  • Sensing disasters’ effects on coastal areas;
  • Sensing the social effect of marine environmental disasters;
  • Applications of remote sensing in marine environmental disaster responses.

Submitted papers should present novel contributions and innovative applications. Relevant topical reviews are also welcome.

Prof. Zhixiang Fang
Dr. Xiaofeng Li
Prof. Quanyi Huang
Prof. Jaroslaw Tegowski
Dr. Magaly Koch
Dr. Yukiharu Hisaki
Guest Editors

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Satellite Altimetry and Tide Gauge Observed Teleconnections between Long-Term Sea Level Variability in the U.S. East Coast and the North Atlantic Ocean
Remote Sens. 2019, 11(23), 2816; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11232816 - 28 Nov 2019
Rising sea levels amplify the threat and magnitude of storm surges in coastal areas. The U.S. east coast region north of Cape Hatteras has shown a significant sea level rise acceleration and is believed to be a “hot-spot” for accelerating tidal flooding. To [...] Read more.
Rising sea levels amplify the threat and magnitude of storm surges in coastal areas. The U.S. east coast region north of Cape Hatteras has shown a significant sea level rise acceleration and is believed to be a “hot-spot” for accelerating tidal flooding. To better understand the forcing mechanism of long-term regional sea level change, in order to more efficiently implement local sea level rise adaptation and mitigation measures, this work investigated the teleconnections between low-frequency sea level variability in the coastal region north of Cape Hatteras and the subpolar/tropical North Atlantic Ocean by using tide gauge measurements, satellite altimetry data and a sea level reconstruction dataset. The correlation analysis demonstrates that the tide-gauge measured sea level variability in the area north of Cape Hatteras is highly and positively correlated with that observed by satellite altimetry in the subpolar and tropical North Atlantic between 1993 and 2002. Over the following decade (2003–2012), the phase of the teleconnection in the subpolar region was reversed and the spatio-temporal correlation in the tropical North Atlantic was enhanced. Furthermore, the positive correlation in the region north of Cape Hatteras’s near shore area is strengthened, while the negative correlation in the Gulf Stream front region is weakened. The North Atlantic Oscillation and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, which affect variations of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and Gulf Stream, were shown to have significant impacts on the decadal changes of the teleconnections. Coherent with satellite altimetry data, the reconstructed sea level dataset in the 20th century exhibits similar spatial correlation patterns with the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, North Atlantic Oscillation and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation indices. Full article
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