Special Issue "Smart Farming and Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Claus G. Sørensen
Guest Editor
Aarhus University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Engineering, Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Århus N, Denmark
Interests: operations and production management; information and communication technology; smart farming, system analyses; sustainability of innovative technologies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agriculture is approaching an era of Smart Farming, where farming operations become digitalized and data-driven, enabling advanced decision support, smart analyses and planning, etc. This can be used not only for controlling and optimizing individual operations but also for analyses and planning of the whole farming system. Smart Farming makes it possible to monitor and control many diversified and interconnected biological and technical parameters through an increasing number of automated devices and tools interacting with the need to track the production processes for operations optimization or traceability toward consumers. Additionally, improved sensing and monitoring of the production reduce the environmental impact, increase quality, quantity, and, more importantly, overall sustainability. Smart Farming gives a unique possibility to assess and evaluate agricultural sustainability with an unprecedented level of accuracy and precision.   

In this Special Issue, we are open to contributions (research papers and a limited number of reviews) exploring the development and advancement of sustainability in Smart Farming, including agri-food supply chains. This includes using the tools of Smart farming to assess, evaluate, and control the sustainability of innovative agri-food systems (innovative technologies, digitized operations and production systems, autonomous systems, etc.). Contributions describing sustainability of integrated farming systems (digital farming concepts connected with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies providing automatic input/output for the production systems) are also welcome.

Dr. Claus G. Sørensen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Smart Farming
  • Operations and production management
  • Information management systems
  • Digitalization
  • Sustainability assessment and evaluation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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