Applications of Remote Sensing Imagery for Urban Areas

A special issue of Earth (ISSN 2673-4834).

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School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Interests: satellite image processing; satellite image analysis; remote sensing; image registration; image reconstruction; image restoration; cloud cover; missing data analysis; image mosaic; image fusion; image inpainting; multitemporal analysis
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Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huai'an 223003, China
Interests: point cloud data processing; remote sensing image processing; object detection; object segmentation; deep learning
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1. School of Resource and Environmental Sciences, Wuhan University, No. 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
2. Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto, No. 100 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 3G3, Canada
Interests: remote sensing; urban vegetation; vegetation index; spatial-temporal reconstruction; ecosystem carbon cycle; climate change
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School of Geography and Tourism, Shaanxi Normal University, No.620 West Chang'an Avenue, Xi'an 710119, Shaanxi, China
Interests: remote sensing; image processing; geometric correction; image stitching
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban areas are the center of human settlement with intensive anthropic activities and dense built-up infrastructures. Urban areas have been suffered, and still undergoing, great evolution in population shift, land-use change, high-rise buildings, industrial production, and so on. Urbanization induced environmental pollution, climate change, and ecosystem degradation are the research hotpot that not only highly relates to human lives, but also is the main force of global change. Besides, urban planning, public health management, and human security policy are also crucial research subjects throughout the globe that are significant to human sustainable development.

Remote sensing imagery provides essential information for these applications in urban areas. Especially, the continual improved spatial resolution can satisfy the description of the complex urban geographical system. The data from different platforms (drone, airborne, and spaceborne) and different sensors (optical, thermal, SAR, and LiDAR) have various characteristics and spatiotemporal resolutions, and therefore are applicable for numerous natural and anthropogenic issues in urban areas at different scales. Furthermore, the development of big data mining, machine learning, and cloud computing technology also advance the applications of remote sensing data and present new opportunities and challenges.

As a result, this special issue proposes to address recent thematic outcomes and advances on the urban applications based on remote sensing imagery. Topics of interest include, but not limited to:

  • Phenomena and evolution of urban ecosystem and environments: urban climate, atmosphere, soil, water bodies, vegetation, thermal environment;
  • Main applications on urban monitoring: urban sprawl, urban planning, spatial configuration, anthropic activities, public health, and emergency management;
  • Urban visualization and 3D/4D urban modeling from remote sending datasets;
  • Urban classification and object-analysis, including the identification of damaged infrastructures, land subsidence, pollution, and garbage;
  • Applications of new generations of sensors and high-resolution remote sensing data in urban areas;
  • Urban remote sensing data-processing: image registration, mosaic, data fusion, quality improvements, machine learning, cloud computing, and data mining.

The Special Issue “Applications of Remote Sensing Imagery for Urban Areas” is jointly organized between “Remote Sensing” and “Earth” journals. Contributors are required to check the website below and follow the specific instructions for authors:

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Dr. Xinghua Li
Dr. Yongtao Yu
Dr. Xiaobin Guan
Ms. Ruitao Feng
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  • remote sensing
  • urban climate
  • urban pollution
  • urban thermal environment
  • urban ecosystem
  • land-use change
  • urban object-analysis
  • urban planning
  • urban spatial configuration

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