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Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing for Sustainable Spatial Planning—2nd Edition

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability in Geographic Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 985

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1. Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
2. Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
Interests: GIS; GIS open source applications; spatial management; land use planning; spatial analysis
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1. Department of Geosciences, Environment and Land Planning, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, 4169007 Porto, Portugal
2. Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT)-Porto Pole, University of Porto, 4169007 Porto, Portugal
Interests: remote sensing; image processing; environmental applications; geologic applications; GIS
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School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Interests: spatial planning; spatial simulation; geodemographics; urban modelling; geocomputation; urban simulation models; planning environmental studies on climate change
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of sustainable development in any area depends on the knowledge about resource management and the hazards in that area. Remote sensing (RS) technology has been enhanced significantly in terms of its data acquisition time, sensor resolution, and accessibility over the past few years with, for instance, the emergence of the Google Earth Engine platform. This form of technology has also been widely applied to address challenges in sustainability. Geographical information systems (GISs) also provide essential tools for implementing sustainable processes at different scales. In recent years, GIS technologies combined with satellite RS data have emerged as relevant geospatial tools for the sustainable monitoring and management of natural resources on Earth, providing the required support with a focus on natural resource management and the assessment of natural hazards.

This Special Issue of Sustainability will address the implementation and use of GISs combined with RS data/techniques for sustainable management through geospatial analyses in several areas, such as climate change, the environment, geology, agriculture, forestry, ecology, and coastal ecosystems, among others. It provides a platform for researchers that aimed to publish high-quality original research papers and reviews that focus on sustainable environments.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Spatial planning systems;
  • Urban planning;
  • Spatial analysis and modeling of natural hazards;
  • Environmental management;
  • Spatial and landscape planning;
  • Sustainable planning;
  • Ecosystem service analyses;
  • Performance-based planning.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Lia Bárbara Cunha Barata Duarte
Dr. Ana Cláudia Teodoro
Prof. Dr. Beniamino Murgante
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • GIS
  • remote sensing
  • environmental sustainability
  • sustainable planning
  • hazard assessment
  • geospatial analysis

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Zagros Grass Index—A New Vegetation Index to Enhance Fire Fuel Mapping: A Case Study in the Zagros Mountains
by Iraj Rahimi, Lia Duarte and Ana Cláudia Teodoro
Sustainability 2024, 16(10), 3900; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16103900 - 7 May 2024
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Abstract
Annually, the oak forests of the Zagros Mountains chains in western Iran and northeastern Iraq face recurring challenges posed by forest fires, particularly in the Kurdo–Zagrosian forests in western Iran and northeastern Iraq. Assessing fire susceptibility relies significantly on vegetation conditions. Integrating in [...] Read more.
Annually, the oak forests of the Zagros Mountains chains in western Iran and northeastern Iraq face recurring challenges posed by forest fires, particularly in the Kurdo–Zagrosian forests in western Iran and northeastern Iraq. Assessing fire susceptibility relies significantly on vegetation conditions. Integrating in situ data, Remote Sensing (RS) data, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) integration presents a cost-effective and precise approach to capturing environmental conditions before, during, and after fire events, minimizing the need for extensive fieldwork. This study refines and applies the Zagros Grass Index (ZGI), a local vegetation index tailored to discern between grass-covered surfaces and tree canopies in Zagros forests, identifying the grass masses as the most flammable fuel type. Utilizing the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) product as input from 2013 to 2022, the ZGI aims to mitigate the influence of tree canopies by isolating NDVI values solely attributable to grass cover. By incorporating phenological characteristics of forest trees and grass species, the ZGI outperforms NDVI in mapping grass-covered areas crucial for the study region’s fire susceptibility assessment. Results demonstrate a substantial overlap between ZGI-based maps and recorded fire occurrences, validating the efficacy of the index in fire susceptibility estimation. Full article
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