Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Remote Sensing Technologies for Environmental Monitoring"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Monica Rivas Casado
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Guest Editor
School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, Senior Lecturer in Integrated Environmental Monitoring, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK430AL, UK
Interests: unmanned aerial vehicles; structure from motion; monitoring; ecological modeling; freshwater ecosystems; statistics; environmental engineering; autonomous systems
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Dr. Marco Palma
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Co-Guest Editor
1) Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’Ambiente, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, Ancona, 60131, Italy
2) Habitats Edge Ltd 39 High Street, MK416AG, Bedford, UK
Tel. 0044 7843823360
Interests: underwater photogrammetry; marine habitat monitoring and restoration; environmental accounting; taxonomy; innovative technologies
Prof. Paul Leinster CBE
Co-Guest Editor
Professor of Environmental Assessment, School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL
Tel. 0044(0)7771 554086
Interests: environmental policy; environmental regulation; sustainability; governance; monitoring; natural capital; ecosystem services; risk assessment; emergency response; systems based approaches; operationalizing research findings

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Current technological advances in remote sensing are proving to be key engineering tools for environmental surveying tasks. The range of available technologies is wide and varied, and includes unmanned aerial systems, semi-autonomous and autonomous boats, autonomous underwater vehicles and remotely operated vehicles, amongst others. Similarly, their applications have expanded across different environmental domains, from atmospheric measurements to coral reef characterization. The uptake of these technologies has enabled increased data quality (accuracy) and quantity (coverage), which necessitates the use and development of advanced mathematical and statistical methods for data analysis and interpretation. This Special Issue aims to collate manuscripts showcasing recent applications of novel remote sensing technological advances within the context of environmental monitoring. Manuscripts can be related to any aspects of remote sensing techniques used for environmental assessment, characterization, and protection. Of special interest are those manuscripts covering the integrated use of state-of-the art remote sensing technology for environmental data capture and advanced statistical methods for data analysis and interpretation. The following topics will be considered for this Special Issue:


  • Robots and autonomous systems for environmental remote sensing;
  • Emerging technologies for environmental remote sensing;
  • Holistic and integrated approaches for remote sensing data collection;
  • Novel advances in remote sensing for the collection of collocated spatio-temporal data;
  • Technological solutions for high-resolution wide-area data collection;
  • Industrial- and regulatory-based applications of monitoring environmental processes
  • Remote sensing solutions to unbiased environmental monitoring;
  • Uncertainty and accuracy of remote sensing techniques for environmental assessment;
  • Comparison of novel and traditional remote sensing methods for environmental monitoring;
  • Data fusion solutions for enhanced environmental characterization;
  • Optimization of monitoring/sampling programs for environmental mapping, assessment, and characterization;
  • Technological tools and solutions to map extreme environmental events and their impact;
  • Increased environmental change detection through novel remote sensing technologies;
  • Identification of advantages and limitations of novel remote sensing methods via applied environmental examples.

Dr. Monica Rivas Casado
Dr. Marco Palma
Professor Paul Leinster CBE
Guest Editor

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 2000 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.


  • emerging technologies
  • robots
  • autonomous systems
  • environmental assessment
  • advanced statistics
  • data analysis
  • unmanned aerial systems
  • autonomous underwater vehicles
  • remotely operated vehicles

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Quantifying Coral Reef Composition of Recreational Diving Sites: A Structure from Motion Approach at Seascape Scale
Remote Sens. 2019, 11(24), 3027; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11243027 - 16 Dec 2019
Recreational diving is known to have both direct and indirect impacts on coral habitats. Direct impacts include increasing sedimentation, breaks and diseases that lead to a decrease in the richness and abundances of hard corals. Indirect impacts include urban development, land management and [...] Read more.
Recreational diving is known to have both direct and indirect impacts on coral habitats. Direct impacts include increasing sedimentation, breaks and diseases that lead to a decrease in the richness and abundances of hard corals. Indirect impacts include urban development, land management and sewage disposal. The ecological effects of scuba diving on the spatial composition metrics of reef benthic communities are less well studied, and they have not been investigated at seascape scale. In this study, we combine orthomosaics derived from Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry and data-mining techniques to study the spatial composition of reef benthic communities of recreational diving sites at seascape scale (>25 m 2 ). The study focuses on the case study area of Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (Mozambique). Results showed that scuba-diving resistant taxa (i.e., sponges and algae) were abundant at small (>850 m 2 ) and highly dived sites (>3000 dives yr 1 ), characterized by low diversity and density, and big organisms with complex shapes. Fragile taxa (i.e., Acropora spp.) were abundant at low (365 dives yr 1 ) and moderately dived sites (1000–3000 dives yr 1 ) where the greater depth and wider coral reef surfaces attenuate the abrasive effect of waves and re-suspended sediments. Highest taxa diversity and density, and lowest abundance of resistant taxa were recorded at large (>2000 m 2 ) and rarely dived sites. This study highlights the potential applications for a photogrammetric approach to support monitoring programs at Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (Mozambique), and provides some insight to understand the influence of scuba diving on benthic communities. Full article
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