Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Night Lights – Beyond DMSP"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Interests: artificial light; light pollution
Interests: global urbanization and sustainability; remote sensing of land-use and land-cover change; crop watching with satellites; big remote sensing data mining
Remote sensing of night-time lights offers a unique ability to monitor human activity from space. Since the 1990s, many studies have taken advantage of the DMSP/OLS sensor, to monitor artificial lights from space and to quantify the relationships between human activity and socio-economic variables and night-time brightness. In the last decade, new avenues have opened to advance the study of remote sensing of night lights, with the availability of new sensors, offering better spatial, temporal and radiometric resolution than DMSP/OLS. This special issue aims to highlight novel research on remote sensing of night lights going beyond the DMSP/OLS. We especially aim for studies covering the following topics:
- The potential of new sensors (such as VIIRS/DNB, astronaut photos from the International Space Station (ISS), EROS-B, cubesats or other spaceborne and airborne sensors) to quantify night-time brightness at fine spatial and temporal resolutions.
- Generation of products from the VIIRS/DNB sensor (e.g., stable lights, gas flares, wildfires, etc.), and the correction of atmospheric and lunar effects on the measured signal.
- The correspondence between ground observations of artificial lights and light pollution and space borne measurements of night time brightness.
- Remote sensing studies focusing on the spectral and directional properties of artificial lights.
- Applications of night-time observations for estimating ecological light pollution and human health impacts.
Assoc. Prof. Noam Levin
Dr. Christopher Kyba
Dr. Qingling Zhang
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- Night-time lights
- Light pollution
- International Space Station (ISS)