Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Tropical Forest Biodiversity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018)
Prof. Dr. Gregory P. Asner
Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, 260 Panama St, Stanford CA 94305 USA
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Interests: tropical forests; coral reefs; biodiversity; biogeochemistry; functional diversity; plant canopies; remote sensing; imaging spectroscopy; LiDAR; spectranomics; Carnegie airborne observatory
Tropical forests contain the richest assemblages of plant species on Earth, which, in turn, harbor a vast array of animal species. The biological diversity of tropical forests is not only defined by the number and composition of plant and animal species present, but also the functional and structural trait variation found among coexisting taxa. Despite this knowledge, spatial and temporal variation in tropical forest biodiversity remains poorly understood, owing to challenges of field-based access over representative areas. In the past decade, remote sensing has expanded its footprint across most tropical forest ecosystems, expanding our understanding of how biodiversity is arranged and changing over time.
This Special Issues calls for the most innovative work on remote sensing of tropical forest biodiversity, as a means to bring the latest research together to communicate the emerging science and technology to a global tropical forest biodiversity community. For this special issue, I seek papers that focus on improving our ability to measure, map and monitor key aspects of tropical forest taxonomic, functional and structural diversity, as well as new insights gained from doing so. The papers are not limited to remote sensing of plants and their functional and structural traits, but also seeks to include papers that incorporate all aspects of tropical forest biodiversity including animals. The Special Issue will be widely promoted and circulated, thereby increasing general readership of the group of papers presented in an open access journal.
Prof. Dr. Gregory P. Asner
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.
- biological diversity
- functional diversity
- structural diversity
- tropical forests
- imaging spectroscopy
- multispectral remote sensing
- synthetic aperture radar
- unmanned aircraft systems
- camera traps
- forest ecology
- species mapping