Special Issue "Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis and Ecological Modelling to Predict Potential Distributions of Invasive Species"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Luciano Bosso
Guest Editor
Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, 80055, Portici, Italy
Interests: ecology; biogeography; macroecology; global change ecology; biological invasion; ecological modelling; species distribution model; spatial analysis; GIS; niche analysis; risk map; connectivity; corridor network simulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past century, the number of species that have been transported to areas outside their native range has increased steadily. For this reason, understanding the causes and effects of species invasions is a priority in ecology and conservation biology. New invasive species place biological and ecological pressure on valuable local species, threaten human health, and lower agricultural production. As a result, scientific and management institutions are facing technological challenges in order to detect new approaches that are useful to counteract biological invasions.
One of the crucial steps in evaluating the impact of invasive species is to map changes in their actual and potential distribution and relative abundance across a wide region over an appropriate time span. Remote sensing, spatial analysis, and ecological modelling are tools that are frequently used to carry out studies useful for making strategic and policy decisions for the management of invasive alien species. This Special Issue calls for research papers on patterns and processes of biological invasions in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems using recent and advanced approaches based on tools such as remote sensing, spatial analysis, and ecological modelling.

Publications selected for this Special Issue benefit from high visibility and wide dissemination.

Dr. Luciano Bosso
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biological invasion
  • alien species
  • invasion risk
  • risk assessments
  • invasive species management strategy
  • pest risk mapping
  • potential distribution
  • prevention
  • early warning and rapid response system
  • spatial and population model
  • GIS analysis
  • satellite imagery
  • satellite map

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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