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Special Issue "Earth Observations for Coastal Resilience"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Coastal landscapes, communities and places, and component ecosystems are under increasing threat from a variety of chronic stressors and acute disasters. Recent issues of Remote Sensing and other journals have highlighted the strong capabilities for remote sensing to inventory, monitor and retrieve critical parameters pertaining to coastal resources and habitats, yet there remains a niche to be explored and research to be highlighted that specifically addresses “resilience” in coastal systems. Broad interpretations typical of the concept must be refined and operationalized in order to advance their application in remote sensing science and applied practice. We invite high quality and innovative research articles that explore, asses, or implement concepts of resilience in coastal systems, including natural or built coastal environments. An array of concepts directly or indirectly incorporating principles of resilience are highlighted below, and we encourage potential authors to correspond with the guest editors to refine submission foci and build toward a synthesis article to identify future remote sensing and resilience research. The following topics are particularly encouraged:
- Exposure: Use of remote sensing to quantify the degree to which natural habitats, resources, or human populations or coastal development are potentially affected by hazards and threats (e.g., sea level rise).
- Susceptibility: Quantitative estimation of coastal system sensitivity or adjustment to climate-sensitive changes in coastal processes which connote damage, disruption or reduce service or functional capacity (e.g., ecosystem functions under stressors such as estuarine water quality or salinization).
- Vulnerability: Remote sensing assessments that quantify the diminished tolerance or coping capabilities to climate stressors, disasters, variability or extremes. Vulnerability assessments may include risk mapping or analytic approaches juxtaposing climate extremes and receptor systems (e.g., storm surges and transgression with sea level rise, increasing extremes in rainfall, or tidal inundation).
- Resiliency: Systemic or multi-parameter studies that evaluate the ability of a coastal system to anticipate, prepare, respond, recover or adapt while minimizing damage to the system under threat (coastal environmental, economic, or social). Such articles may impart remote sensing data and methods within wider inter- or multi-disciplinary problems (e.g., integrated assessments, emergency management, or coastal planning.)
Dr. Thomas R. Allen
Dr. Joanne Halls
Dr. Christine Hladik
Dr. Thomas Crawford
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 1800 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.
- Sea level rise
- Storm surge
- Shoreline change
- Coastal geomorphology
- Coastal land use/land cover change
- Risk and vulnerability assessment
- Resilience, adaptation and mitigation