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Special Issue "Satellite and UAV Platforms, Remote Sensing for Geographic Information Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Alfred Colpaert
Guest 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

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.

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Automatic Seamline Determination for Urban Image Mosaicking Based on Road Probability Map from the D-LinkNet Neural Network
Sensors 2020, 20(7), 1832; - 26 Mar 2020
Image mosaicking which is a process of constructing multiple orthoimages into a single seamless composite orthoimage, is one of the key steps for the production of large-scale digital orthophoto maps (DOM). Seamline determination is one of the most difficult technologies in the automatic [...] Read more.
Image mosaicking which is a process of constructing multiple orthoimages into a single seamless composite orthoimage, is one of the key steps for the production of large-scale digital orthophoto maps (DOM). Seamline determination is one of the most difficult technologies in the automatic mosaicking of orthoimages. The seamlines that follow the centerlines of roads where no significant differences exist are beneficial to improve the quality of image mosaicking. Based on this idea, this paper proposes a novel method of seamline determination based on road probability map from the D-LinkNet neural network for urban image mosaicking. This method optimizes the seamlines at both the semantic and pixel level as follows. First, the road probability map is obtained with the D-LinkNet neural network and related post processing. Second, the preferred road areas (PRAs) are determined by binarizing the road probability map of the overlapping area in the left and right image. The PRAs are the priority areas in which the seamlines cross. Finally, the final seamlines are determined by Dijkstra’s shortest path algorithm implemented with binary min-heap at the pixel level. The experimental results of three group data sets show the advantages of the proposed method. Compared with two previous methods, the seamlines obtained by the proposed method pass through the less obvious objects and mainly follow the roads. In terms of the computational efficiency, the proposed method also has a high efficiency. Full article

Planned Papers

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Title: Cumulative effects of infrastructure and human disturbance: a case study within a semi-domesticated reindeer herd

Authors: Sindre Eftestøl, Diress Tsegaye, Kjetil Flydal and Jonathan E.Colman

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