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Special Issue "Urban Land-system Synergies and Governance Using Remote Sensing, Modeling and Big Data, Analysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dengsheng Lu

School of Geographic Sciences, Fujian Normal University, No.8 Shangsan Road, Cangshan District, Fuzhou, Fujian, China 350007
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Interests: Remote sensing, urban and environment interaction, forest carbon modeling
Guest Editor
Dr. Wenhui Kuang

Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Interests: Urban land-system dynamic and ecological remote sensing
Guest Editor
Prof. Chi Zhang

Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Water and Soil Conservation and Environmental Protection, Linyi University, Linyi 276000, China
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Interests: Urban ecological process and modeling
Guest Editor
Dr. Tao Pan

Department of Geography, Ghent University, Ghent 9000, Belgium;
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China;
Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China;
Institute of Geographic Sciences and natural resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China;
Royal Meteorological Institute, Brussels, Belgium
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Interests: Remote sensing and ecological process in cities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The significance of urban land-system synergies and spatial governance are increasingly emerging toward sustainable target and livable environment in cities. Satellite remote sensing, process-based models and big data are playing the pivotal roles for obtaining spatially explicit knowledge for better planning or managing city. This session expects to provide an opportunity for urban land-system synergies and governance with remote sensing, modeling and big data integration. Remote sensing, modeling and big data technologies as well as the improvement of mapping algorithms, such as impervious surface area, surface radiation and heat fluxes, heat island, and surface runoff associated with urbanization will be expected to share and exchange in this session. In addition, optimized schemes on urban-land system, i.e. low impact development in cities, carbon emission reduction in cities and so on, is suitable for this session.

The fourth Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme (GLP 4th OSM 2019) will be held from the 24-26 of April 2019 in Bern, Switzerland. In this conference, we will organize a session on above theme, which will attribute to the conference theme “How do we support transformation? New frontiers in studying and governing land systems”. As a follow-up to the workshop, we are calling for papers on the work presented at the session of GLP 4th OSM 2019. In addition to this, we welcome papers from the global research community actively involved in this session. As such, the special issue is open to anyone doing research in this field. The selection of papers for publication will depend on quality and rigor of research. The potential topics may include the followings:

  1. Data integration or fusion methods from remote sensing, process-based modeling, or big data
  2. High-spatial resolution mapping of urban land cover/land use (i.e., impervious surface, green space)
  3. Spatial mapping and exploratory analysis on urban heat island, urban hydrological process, and other ecological factors.
  4. Knowledge mining or discovery from available fine-scale spatially explicit information for urban governance

Prof. Dengsheng Lu
Dr. Wenhui Kuang
Prof. Chi Zhang
Dr. Tao Pan
Guest Editors

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.


  • Urban-land system synergies
  • Urban eco-regulation
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Urban ecological process modeling
  • Geo-big data mining
  • Urban land/cover change
  • Urban impervious surface mapping
  • Urban heat island mitigation
  • Low impact development in cities
  • Urban green infrastructure
  • Hot spots for urban governance
  • Urban climate adaption
  • Carbon emission reduction in cities
  • Sustainable cities planning
  • Optimized urban-land system design

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