Special Issue "Remote Sensing Applications for Sea Turtle Conservation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.
Interests: landscape ecology; ecological modeling; geospatial analysis
Interests: marine turtles; nesting ecology; foraging ecology; conservation biology; population assessment; migration; telemetry; intrinsic markers
Interests: marine turtles; conservation planning; spatial pattern analysis; biologging; impact assessment; ecological modeling
Sea turtles represent a taxonomic reptile superfamily of long-lived, highly-migratory keystone species that are designated as threatened and endangered. Their wide geographic distribution occupying pelagic, coastal, and beach habitats lends itself to a diversity of spatiotemporal remote sensing techniques and analyses to decipher their somewhat cryptic, complex lifestyles and to assist with their stewardship and conservation. Recent environmental changes such as those associated with climate, coastal development, fishing, and marine and atmospheric pollution have impacted the behaviors and populations of sea turtle species.
For this Special Issue, we seek innovative approaches that use remote sensing to collect biological and environmental data that elucidate sea turtle ecology and define their dynamics with conservation applications. Submissions could be based on pilot-studies or long-term datasets collected by drone, airborne, and/or satellite sensors including GPS telemetry. Example research questions could revolve around the use of sea turtle nesting, foraging, migratory habitats as depicted by LiDAR (e.g., beach topography), optical (e.g., Sargassum, seagrass habitat), Radar (e.g., ocean current), and thermal (e.g., sea surface temperature) instruments. Questions could explore connections between sea turtle behavioral patterns and environmental changes associated with natural (e.g., hurricanes, ocean oscillations) and anthropogenic (e.g., fishing practices, oil pollution) disturbances and coastal restoration (e.g., beach renourishment, artificial light management). We welcome review papers, case studies, modeling exercises, and methodological examples.
Dr. John F. Weishampel
Dr. Simona A. Ceriani
Dr. Mariana M.P.B. Fuentes
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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 2200 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.
- Marine turtles
- Remote sensing
- Beach, coastal, open ocean habitats
- GPS telemetry
- Foraging, migratory, nesting behaviors
- Spatial pattern analyses
- Environmental modeling
- Conservation and management