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Special Issue "Satellite and UAV Platforms, Remote Sensing for Geographic Information Systems—2nd Edition"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2023 | Viewed by 175

Special Issue Editor

Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Yliopistokatu 7, Metria-Building, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland
Interests: physical geography; geology; geoinformatics; UAVs
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Satellite and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) imagery has become an important source of data for Geographic Information Systems (GISs). Remote Sensing and GISs are part of the broader concept of Geoinformatics. Satellite imagery in a wide range of spatial, spectral, and temporal resolutions provides the scientific community with rapidly available global data to be used as an integral part of spatial data structures and analyses. Remote sensing platforms, such as Modis and Landsat, have a unique historical record of providing tens of years of uninterrupted global data.

For local applications, the rapid evolution of unmanned aerial vehicles and lightweight sensors has provided the scientific community with a tool for acquiring extremely high-resolution data covering areas that vary from several hectares to hundreds of square kilometres in size.

The Special Issue intends to highlight advances in satellite and UAV data applications and the use of these to expand and improve data integration in Geoinformatics. UAVs and drones are often cost-effective when compared to the use of manned helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • ecosystem monitoring;
  • vegetation monitoring;
  • forest inventory;
  • animal habitat analysis;
  • land use/land cover analysis and monitoring;
  • hyperspectral and three-dimensional (3D) mapping;
  • urban mapping and planning;
  • mapping;
  • open source software for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mosaicking and 3D solutions.

Prof. Dr. Alfred Colpaert
Guest Editor

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  • hyperspectral data
  • multispectral data
  • monochromatic data
  • radar data applications
  • data integration and fusion
  • new UAV platforms and instruments
  • automated mapping and updating
  • real-time applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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