Satellite and Aerial Remote Sensing of Geohazards in Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites

A special issue of GeoHazards (ISSN 2624-795X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)

Special Issue Editors

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Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC), National Research Council (CNR), Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Rome, Italy
Interests: landscape evolution; geophysical hazards; archaeology; cultural heritage; remote sensing; earth observation; InSAR; landslides; land subsidence; ground instability
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Italian Space Agency (ASI), Via del Politecnico snc, 00133 Rome, Italy
Interests: earth observation; radar and optical remote sensing; InSAR; time series analysis; Earth Sciences; environmental geology; natural hazards; urban environments; geoheritage; geoconservation; cultural heritage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural and cultural heritage worldwide often faces geological and human-induced processes that can potentially threat its integrity, value and accessibility.
Such geohazards include, but are not limited to: flooding, mass movements, ground subsidence, soil erosion, desertification, earthquakes, climate change, sea level rise, and meteorological hazards, as well as human-related processes such as urban sprawl, tourism, mining, industrialisation, air pollution, and armed conflicts.
Identification, understanding and characterisation of these geohazards can be carried out by exploiting space and aerial remote sensing technologies, such as optical and radar satellite imaging, aerial photography, high resolution surveying with drones and UAVs, or 3D scanning with LiDAR.
This special issue of GeoHazards aims to gather research articles, reviews, short communications and technical notes showcasing the use of aerial and satellite remote sensing technologies and their derived data to study geohazards in heritage sites and landscapes.
We welcome papers on the current scenarios of natural and human-induced threats to the conservation of heritage sites worldwide, focusing on:

  • target geographical domain: local, regional, country or global scales;
  • heritage category: UNESCO World Heritage (natural and cultural), Global Geoparks, and Biosphere Reserves; national parks, natural reserves, historic sites, listed buildings, or other world-, country- and regional-level heritage site designations.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Remote Sensing.

Dr. Francesca Cigna
Dr. Deodato Tapete
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • heritage conservation
  • condition assessment
  • geological hazards
  • ground instability
  • geophysical hazards
  • man-made hazards
  • human footprint
  • UNESCO World Heritage
  • Geoparks
  • Biosphere Reserves
  • archaeological heritage
  • heritage at risk

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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