Special Issue "Remote Sensing to Detect and Diagnose Organismal Responses"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Vegetation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Christian Nansen
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Guest Editor
Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California Davis
Interests: Proximal (lab) and aerial (drone) applications of remote sensing in agriculture; robustness and accuracy of optical classification algorithms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is a wealth of studies describing applications of a wide range of remote sensing technologies to detect and diagnose abiotic and biotic responses by plants to single stressors. In this Special Issue, we intend to go beyond this range of remote sensing applications and focus on “organismal responses” more broadly. We are also hoping that authors can go beyond the detection of an optical reflectance response and tie a thorough analysis of remote sensing data to other types of data (physiological, molecular, genetic, biochemical). In other words, we are embracing a phenomics approach, in which we hope to, at least partially, explain why and how organisms exhibit an optical reflectance response to stressors and/or treatments. We are seeking articles describing exciting applications of remote sensing technologies to detect and diagnose differences and/or stress across all kingdoms. For instance, regarding animals, we would very much welcome articles describing applications of remote sensing technologies in studies of:

  • Breeding of animals (i.e., fish, livestock, and insects)
  • Disease and stress monitoring of animals (livestock as well as non-agricultural animals)
  • Organismal adaptations to climate change and other anthropogenic factors
  • Animals with/without pathogenic vectors (i.e., insects vectoring plant pathogenic diseases)
  • Regarding plants, we would welcome articles describing studies of how remote sensing technologies can be used to characterize:
  • Physiological/genetic traits of seeds (i.e., resistance to herbicides or environmental adaptations)
  • Different plant responses to multiple biotic stressors (i.e., pests)
  • Plant communities and/or individual plants and their adaptations to climate change and other anthropogenic factors.

The above-mentioned suggestions are by no means more than just suggestions. Feel free to contact the guest editor directly if you wish to discuss a possible topic. We are not limited to certain types of remote sensing technologies, nor do we impose restrictions regarding the spatial resolution (scale) of the data sets being examined.

With this Special Issue, we wish to showcase innovative and exciting examples of phenomics and the powerful nature of optical classifications—how remote sensing technologies, similar to molecular research tools, are becoming “household” equipment in almost all aspects of life sciences.    

Very much looking forward to hearing from you about your interest in contributing to this Special Issue!

Kind regards,

Dr. Christian Nansen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Stress detection
  • Optical classification
  • Phenomics
  • Modern life science research
  • Organismal biology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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