Special Issue "Remote Sensing Applied to Soils: From Ground to Space"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 October 2016) | Viewed by 101350
Interests: remote and proximal sensing applied to soils from all platforms; soil attribute and pedological mapping; digital soil mapping; precision agriculture
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Two thousand and fifteen is the year of Soils. This is a complex and living body of the Earth, which is part of the environment and important for all existing life. Taking care of this body is like taking care of our own. Thus, every year is the ‘year of soils’. Understanding this body is crucial for our existence, because it influences all areas of the Earth, from water to air. Soil’s spatial variability is important for several uses, such as land-use planning, insertion of the correct plant in the correct soil, the basis for precision agriculture, detection of soil management zones, optimization of soil sampling, indicative of correct seasons for planting and harvesting, soil chemical and physical management, soil monitoring (pollution, heavy metals, etc.), indicative of soil productivity potential, the price of land, water conservation, ecosystems planning, socialization, government policies, correct distribution of lands for people, research, urbanization, engineering, and more. To now, many approaches have been used to study soils, such as wet soil analysis, fieldwork, and other traditional systems. On the other hand, life demands quick response to maintain soil and its relationship with climate changes. This demand quick and non-pollute methods to achieve information. Taking this into account, remote sensing has become the most powerful tool for the detection of soils characteristics. The information can come from several platforms from ground (laboratory, field, tractor) to aerial or orbital. Each platform has advantages and limitations. This is the beauty of spectral sensing, where the user can choose based on whatever strategy is needed. Spectral sensing can go from the structure of a hematite (micro) to the spatial (macro) domain. Thus, we would like to invite you to come on this journey and to participate in the submission of articles for this Special Issue with respect to the following topics, related to remote and/or proximal sensing:
- Pedological mapping
- Soil Attribute quantification and mapping
- Multi and/or hyperspectral imaging and soils
- Comparisons between ground and space data
- Soil management and spectral sensing
- Soil monitoring by spectral sensing
- All areas of the spectro-eletromagnetic domain which can be related with soils (gamma, X-ray fluorescence, UV-Vis-Nir-SWIR-Mir, radar, others)
- Methods of evaluation of soil with images.
Dr. José A.M. Demattê
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