Special Issue "Tracking Biological Invasions in Rapidly Changing Environments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Manuele Bazzichetto
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CNRS, EcoBio (Ecosystèmes, Biodiversité, Évolution) – UMR 6553, Université de Rennes, F-35000 Rennes, France
Interests: biological invasions; vegetation ecology; spatial ecology; plant invasion; species distribution modeling; ecological informatics
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Prof. Dr. David Renault
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CNRS, EcoBio (Ecosystèmes, Biodiversité, Évolution) – UMR 6553, Université de Rennes, F-35000 Rennes, France
Interests: invasion biology in sub-Antarctic islands; invertebrate physiology; invertebrate dispersal; plant invasion; climate change effects on biodiversity
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Prof. Dr. Maria Laura Carranza
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Envix-Lab, Department of Bioscience and Territory, University of Molise, 86090 Pesche, Italy
Interests: landscape ecology; conservation biology; long-term ecological monitoring; drivers of biodiversity loss; ecosystem services assessment and mapping; remote sensing and spatial ecology; main ecosystem: coastal dunes and high mountain grasslands
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Dr. Marta Gaia Sperandii
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Department of Ecology, Desertification Research Centre (CSIC/UV/GV), Carretera Moncada-Náquera km. 4.5, 46113 Moncada (Valencia), Spain
Interests: temporal ecology; ecosystem stability; vegetation patterns; dry grasslands; coastal dunes
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Mr. Daniele Da Re
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Georges Lemaître Center for Earth and Climate Research, Earth and Life Institute, UCLouvain, Place Louis Pasteur 3, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Interests: biogeography; biological impacts of climate change; geoinformatics; invasive alien species; spatial ecology; spatial epidemiology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biological invasions are a threat to biodiversity worldwide, but their impact is particularly striking in areas where global changes (e.g., climate, land-cover and land-use change) are having profound effects. Many ecosystems that once were sheltered by environmental harshness and/or experienced low human disturbance are now prone to invasion due to the progressive weakening of abiotic barriers and/or the intensification of anthropogenic activities. Tracking invasion processes in these environments is essential to improving our ability to anticipate future invasions in a world undergoing drastic transformations.

Studying biological invasions is challenging due to the many factors affecting their outcome. This becomes even more complicated in the context of global changes as the influence of such factors varies over time depending on both the invasion stage and environmental conditions. In this respect, remote sensing can invaluably contribute to the investigation of invasion processes by providing wide spatiotemporal data on both alien species occurrence and proxies of invasion drivers.

This Special Issue aims at gathering contributions focused on the use of remote sensing for tracking invasion dynamics in areas undergoing rapid environmental changes. Specifically, we seek studies related to the following topics:

  • Estimating alien plant species dispersal by remotely mapping their occurrence/abundance over time;
  • Assessing the influence of invasion processes on recipient native communities;
  • Quantifying how temporal changes in land-use and land-cover influence invasion processes;
  • Determining how climate change influences the spread of alien species;
  • Forecasting alien species spread under future scenarios of land-use or climate change;
  • Estimating lag times in alien species response to changes in climate, land use, and land cover;
  • Using historical remote sensing data to reconstruct invasion dynamics;
  • Challenges and pitfalls of using remote sensing data to study invasion processes;
  • Using modern tools (e.g., drones) to gather data on alien species and drivers of invasion.

The Special Issue “Tracking Biological Invasions in Rapidly Changing Environments” is jointly organized between “Remote Sensing” and “Earth” journals. Contributors are required to check the website below and follow the specific instructions for authors:
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/instructions
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/earth/instructions

The other special issue could be found at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/earth/special_issues/biological_invasions_rapidly_changing_environments.

Dr. Manuele Bazzichetto
Prof. Dr. David Renault
Prof. Dr. Maria Laura Carranza
Dr. Marta Gaia Sperandii
Mr. Daniele Da Re
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • biological invasions
  • land-cover change
  • land-use change
  • climate change
  • time-series analysis
  • spectral diversity
  • plant spectral properties
  • Geographic Information System
  • land-cover map
  • LiDAR
  • satellite imagery
  • unmanned aerial vehicle

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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