Special Issue "Urban Remote Sensing and Sustainable Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Prof. Dr. John Trinder
Following the announcement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2016, all nations of the UN, over the next fifteen years, will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Since urban areas currently comprise more than 54% of the world’s populations and that figure is rising, the sustainability of urban areas should be one of the key goals for study. Indeed, SDG11 refers to ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’. There is a range of satellite remotely sensing data available for studying aspects of urban sustainability, including from high and medium resolution satellites, as well as data derived from a range of piloted airborne and RPAS (Remote Piloted Airborne Systems) sensors. These sensors may including imaging and ranging systems, such as LiDAR and SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar).
There are many significant unknowns in the consideration of sustainable cities and communities. Some relevant questions are: Is an urban area sustainable? what is a sustainable city or how can an urban area become sustainable? how is sustainability assessed? what levels of green and open space versus developed building spaces are appropriate for a sustainable urban environment? Remote sensing technologies should be able to be address some of these questions.
Key Issues: While not limiting the topics covered by submitted papers, suggested applications of remote sensing for urban sustainability could cover:
- How to assess the sustainability of urban environments
- What sustainability Indicators (SI) can be developed for assessing the sustainability of urban areas
- How can policy makers be guided on developing sustainable cities, as well as on monitoring and assessing the sustainability of urban areas
- How to develop and monitor sustainable industry which contributes to employment in cities
- Monitoring and managing the effects of climate change on urban environments
- Measurement of air quality and studies of air pollution
- Contributions towards sustainable energy consumption
- Sustainable infrastructure development for urban areas
- Regional spatial data infrastructure development for decision making in urban areas
I encourage all researchers with interests in the applications of remote sensing for urban sustainability, to consider contributing to this special issue.
Prof. John Trinder
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