Special Issue "Remote Sensing Application to Population Mapping"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Christopher Small
Guest Editor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA
Interests: geophysics; spectroscopy; land surface processes; spatiotemporal dynamics; urban environment
Mr. Greg Yetman
Guest Editor
CIESIN Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA
Interests: geographic information system (GIS) technologies; population geography; natural disasters; environmental assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent and ongoing advances in the mapping of human-modified landscapes and built environments have attained sufficient maturity to contribute to efforts to map ambient (daytime) population distribution at global scales. Spatially explicit estimates of population density generally require both land use and census data, as well as assumptions about the relationship(s) between population and land use. As such, advances in population mapping depend on, but are distinct from, general land use mapping. Remote sensing based on synoptic imaging is now complemented by mobile sensing technologies, which are able to quantify more granular population at higher spatial and temporal resolutions.

We invite contributions focused specifically on the combined use of remote sensing (both synoptic and mobile) and population metrics for spatially explicit mapping of ambient population at local to global scales. Specific aspects could include, but are not limited to, dasymetric mapping, disaggregation methodology, multimodal fusion, mobility inference, population displacement, land use assignment, and uncertainty quantification in population estimates.

Prof. Christopher Small
Mr. Greg Yetman
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • population
  • mapping
  • remote sensing
  • mobile sensing
  • census
  • survey
  • dasymetric

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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