Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Peatlands"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2018).
Prof. Dr. Kevin Tansey
Centre for Landscape & Climate Research, Leicester Institute for Space & Earth Observation, School of Geography, Geology & the Environment, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
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Interests: radar; InSAR; LiDAR; multispectral; hyperspectral; lithological mapping; image classification; structural mapping; vegetation mapping; hydrocarbon seep mapping; landscape modelling
Peatlands are landscapes that have naturally-accumulated layers of partially-decayed vegetation or organic matter on the land surface. They are distributed across the Earth, from high latitudes to the tropics. They account for between 50 and 70% of global wetlands. They are a huge store of soil carbon under conditions of almost permanent water saturation. They play an important role in the carbon cycle, water cycle and are habitats for some very important species of animals and plants, from tiny insectivorous sundews to clouded leopards and orangutan, for example.
Peatlands are sources of fuel that humans burn. Peatlands are being drained and used to grow crops such as the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis jacq.). Peatlands are ecosystems that are very sensitive to climate change and weather patterns, for example El Nino reduces rainfall that impacts on the water table making them susceptible to fire and erosion. The threats to peatlands and remedies to manage them sustainably into the future require an understanding of the physical, environmental, political, and social environment.
Remote sensing of peatlands can reveal a great deal of information to help develop this understanding. Satellite data can be used to establish the extent of peatlands, their elevation and topographic characteristics, the land use/land cover change history, the diversity of the vegetation, the fire disturbance impacts and various measurements associated with the atmosphere, such as emissions, smoke and air quality.
This Special Issue will establish the state-of-the-art with respect to the remote sensing of peatlands and determine if current observational capacity is meeting needs or whether further capability is required.Prof. Kevin Tansey
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- Peatswamp forest
- Carbon loss, sinks and sources
- Climate change
- Organic soils