Special Issue "Remote Sensing for Urban Human Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: sustainable development; renewable energy; environmental research; earth observation; atmospheric impacts on solar irradiance and human health
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Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas—a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Urban living and well-being is affected by the air quality (AQ) and solar radiation standards. AQ standards for human health include ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and particulate matter (PM), while spectral solar radiation (SSR) levels in terms of spectrally-weighted indices form human health standards related to the ultraviolet index (UVI) and the vitamin D effective dose (VDED). Exposure to high O3 and/or NO2 concentrations can reduce lung function and trigger asthma, causing lung diseases and breathing problems, and can increase symptoms of bronchitis in asthmatic children. In addition to lung diseases, PM affects the central nervous system and the reproductive system, and causes cancer, heart attacks, arrhythmias, and cardiovascular diseases. At the same time, the prolonged exposure to UV radiation causes immunosuppression, and DNA and eye damage (e.g., skin cancer, aging, and eye cataract). On the other hand, VDED through exposure to sunlight is related to fertility and pregnancy, cardiovascular health, weight management, and musculoskeletal support. As a result, the continuous monitoring of the aforementioned AQ and SSR modulators and indicators using current remote sensing techniques is critical for urban human health quality and standards adoption. This Special Issue aims to review methodologies for AQ and SSR measurements, observations, and modelling using remote sensing technologies and data sources. Satellite remote sensing provides better spatial coverage, and various methods have been developed for AQ and SSR issues, with the main disadvantages being the increased uncertainties and the required validations against ground-based measurements or modelling data. Accurate knowledge, monitoring, and analysis of the AQ and SSR at the urban scale is very important in order to cover the multivariable topic of urban human health and the adaptable urban environment.Dr. Panagiotis Kosmopoulos
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- air quality
- spectral solar radiation
- urban human health
- remote sensing techniques
- vitamin D
- particulate matter
- nitrogen dioxide
- atmospheric monitoring