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Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Geohazards"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Matteo Del Soldato

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, Via La Pira, 4 - 50121 Firenze, Italy
Interests: landslide mapping and monitoring; land subsidence; remote sensing data interpretation; geohazard monitoring; EO techniques
Guest Editor
Prof. Roberto Tomás

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alicante, Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig s/n, 03080 Alicante, Spain
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Interests: landslides; land subsidence; geohazards; infrastructures; remote sensing; EO techniques
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Zhenhong Li

School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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Phone: +44 (0) 191 208 5704
Interests: synthetic aperture radar (SAR); interferometric SAR (InSAR); time series; precision agriculture; GNSS
Guest Editor
Dr. Gerardo Herrera

1) Earth Observation and Geohazards Expert Group (EOEG), EuroGeoSurveys, the Geological Surveys of Europe, Brussels, Belgium
2) Geohazards InSAR Laboratory and Modeling Group, Geological Survey of Spain (IGME), Alenza 1 28003, Madrid, Spain
Website 1 | Website 2 | E-Mail
Interests: landslides; subsidence; urban geohazards; mapping; monitoring; InSAR; modelling and forecasting

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global climate change, jointly with growing world population, increases the probability of interaction between human settles and geohazards. Earthquakes, landslides, subsidence, floods and volcanoes, among others, often affect human settlements and damage structures and infrastructure causing important economic and social impacts. According to the International Disaster Database created by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), more than 14,000 worldwide relevant natural disasters occurred during the last century, causing casualties or requiring of international assistance. The use of Earth Observation (EO) techniques for monitoring and characterizing geohazards provides a new way to study these phenomena. The application of these techniques in this field has risen exponentially in the last decades. Remote sensing allows to efficiently retrieve relevant information worldwide of ground surfaces to investigate, characterize, monitor and model, as well as to prevent, geohazards. Furthermore, their wide coverage combined with their high accuracy and precision play an important role in their widespread use for different applications. Consequently, satellites constellations, air and ground platforms equipped with different sensors, e.g., optical camera, radar or LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), coupled with advanced processing techniques and algorithms are one of the best ways to investigate geohazards. For this special issue, we encourage authors to submit contributions focused on innovative applications and methods on remote sensing, significant cases of study, applications and models concerning the use of one or a combination of next techniques (non-exhaustive list):

  • SAR interferometry
  • PSI
  • photogrammetry
  • LiDAR
  • GNSS

Furthermore, submissions are encouraged to cover a broad range of topics, which may include, but are not limited to, the following geohazards and issues:

  • landslides
  • subsidence
  • earthquakes
  • volcanoes
  • CO2 storage
  • infrastructure stability
  • damage assessment
  • early warning

Dr. Matteo Del Soldato
Prof. Dr. Roberto Tomas
Prof. Zhenhong Li
Dr. Gerardo Herrera
Guest Editors

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  • Geohazards
  • Natural hazards
  • Remote sensing
  • Earth Observation
  • Ground Deformations

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Open AccessArticle Monitoring the Degradation of Island Permafrost Using Time-Series InSAR Technique: A Case Study of Heihe, China
Sensors 2019, 19(6), 1364; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19061364
Received: 9 February 2019 / Revised: 14 March 2019 / Accepted: 15 March 2019 / Published: 19 March 2019
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In the context of global warming, the air temperature of the Heihe basin in Northeast China has increased significantly, resulting in the degradation of the island permafrost. In this paper, we used an elaborated time-series Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) strategy to monitor [...] Read more.
In the context of global warming, the air temperature of the Heihe basin in Northeast China has increased significantly, resulting in the degradation of the island permafrost. In this paper, we used an elaborated time-series Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) strategy to monitor the ground deformation in the Heihe area (Heilongjiang Province, China) and then analyzed the permafrost deformation characteristics from June 2007 to December 2010. The results showed that the region presented island permafrost surface deformation, and the deformation rate along the line of sight mainly varied from –70 to 70 mm/a. Based on the analysis of remote sensing and topological measurements, we found that the deformation area generally occurred at lower altitudes and on shady slopes, which is consistent with the distribution characteristics of permafrost islands. Additionally, the deformation of permafrost is highly correlated with the increase of annual minimum temperature, with an average correlation value of –0.80. The accelerated degradation of permafrost in the study area led to the settlement, threatening the infrastructure safety. Our results reveal accelerated degradation characteristics for the island permafrost under the background of rising air temperature, and provide a reference for future relevant research. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing of Geohazards)

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