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Special Issue "Multiscale and Multitemporal High Resolution Remote Sensing and Non-Destructive Testing for Archaeology and Monumental Heritage: From Research to Preservation"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensing and Imaging".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giovanni Leucci
Guest Editor
Istituto di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Institute of Cultural Heritage Sciences and Sites (ISPC), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, National Research Council (CNR), 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: geophysics; GPR; ERT; magnetometry; seismic
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Dr. Salvatore Piro
Guest Editor
Istituto di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Institute of Cultural Heritage Sciences and Sites (ISPC), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, National Research Council Via Salaria Km. 29,300, 00010 Montelibretti, Roma, Italy
Interests: applied geophysics; earth sciences; archaeogeophysics; ground penetrating radar; electrical resistivity tomography; gradiometer; integrated geophysical methods; Archaeological prospections; landscape geophysics; inverse problems; remote sensing
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Dr. Nicola Masini
Guest Editor
Istituto di Scienze del Patrimonio Culturale, Institute of Cultural Heritage Sciences and Sites (ISPC), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, National Research Council C.da S. Loja - 85050 Tito Scalo (PZ), Italy
Interests: remote sensing for archaeology; Lidar; archaeogeophisics; non invasive tests for historical building
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is based on the 2020 IMEKO TC-4 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Special Session 11 (

The availability of high-resolution remote sensing and non-destructive testing techniques provides multiscale and multitemporal approaches in the study of ancient settlements and landscapes, the reconstruction of their development over centuries, and their preservation.

Research in both landscape archaeology and diagnosis conservation requires the integration of different techniques of high-resolution remote sensing: satellites (optical and radar data), aerial data (photos, IR and Lidar data) from airplanes and UAVs, ground (integration of different geophysical techniques, field walking, DGPS topographical surveys), and non-destructive testing. The Issue will introduce new field surveys, new approaches, and new integrations and analyses of geo-archaeological data for the study of the archaeological sites to enhance the knowledge of the investigated area related to historical reconstruction, production of tools for preventive archaeology, and preservation of archaeological and monumental heritage; for which, non-invasive diagnosis through micro-geophysics is very useful.


  • Satellite remote sensing for archaeology using optical and radar data: new perspectives, semiautomatic and automatic approaches for extracting cultural information, the study of the interconnection between environmental changes and dynamics of human frequentation;
  • Aerial archaeology: from historical and traditional air-photos to IR and Lidar data;
  • Integration of ground remote sensing techniques (geophysical prospecting) and field walking and DGPS topographical surveys for the study of ancient settlements and landscapes;
  • Integration of non-invasive methods for preservation and protection of monumental heritage (micro-geophysics);
  • Integrated geophysical methods in archaeological sites;
  • Ancient extreme events in the geo-archaeological record, such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, and tsunamis;
  • Climatic and anthropogenic causes of ancient environmental and vegetational changes;
  • Managing hillslope instability and soil erosion problems in the past.
  • Application and integration of non-invasive EM methods (e.g., GPR, HSR, IR Thermography, etc.) in NDT for in situ analysis of ancient buildings;
  • Use and perspectives of non-invasive EM methods (e.g., Multispectral Imaging, XRF, etc.) for in situ analysis of Cultural Heritage artworks (e.g., wall paintings, paintings, manuscripts, mosaics, ceramics, etc.).

Dr. Giovanni Leucci
Guest Editor

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