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Special Issue "Remotely Monitoring Water, Sediment, and Carbon Transported in Rivers and Estuaries"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 196

Special Issue Editors

Key Laboratory of Watershed Geographic Sciences, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
Interests: remote sensing; water environment; carbon cycle
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Key Laboratory of Earth Surface System and Environmental Carrying Capacity, Northwest University, Xi’an 710127, China
Interests: remote sensing of surface water; river discharge; flood inundation; image fusion; Google Earth Engine
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Key Laboratory of Watershed Geographic Sciences, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
Interests: remote sensing; water environment; watershed management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the inland environment, rivers are the main source of fresh water available to human beings, They are also regulating hydrological and ecological cycles, playing a unique role in supporting global biodiversity, biogeochemical cycles and human society, by means of transporting water, sediment and carbon. In addition to the water, sediment and carbon are also critical components of the fluvial system. Riverine sediment and carbon-related matter can serve as key food/energy sources for microbial activities, transports poisonous metals and hazardous pollutants, consume dissolved oxygen during decomposition, increase drinking water treatment costs, influence phytoplankton growth by absorbing ultraviolet–visible light connects carbon pools of various ecosystems, and regulates water quality conditions. Water, sediment, and carbon transports in rivers show great spatiotemporal variations under the backgrounds of global warming and artificial disturbance. Transitional observation has the disadvantage of being laborious and ineffective. Remote sensing technologies, having the advantages of comprehensive coverage and periodic revisit periods, can serve as a superior alternative observation manner.

Although remote sensing technology has been widely applied to monitor water environments in open oceans and lakes, its application in rivers that are relatively narrower is limited. For river studies, atmospheric correction and proximity effect correction are especially critical as most of the rivers are only several to tens of pixels wide. In addition to satellite imagery, UAV aerial images could provide very high-resolution river observation information, and could be valuable for validating or assisting sediment inversion modeling. This Special Issue aims to publish studies about water, sediment, and carbon transport in rivers. Through this Special Issue, we hope more researchers will use remote sensing as an advanced/low-cost method to monitor riverine transport of water, sediment, and carbon in the future.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Remote sensing of sediment concentration and transportation in rivers;
  • Remote sensing of river discharge;
  • Remote Sensing of river carbon flux;
  • Atmospheric correction of satellite data;
  • Remote Sensing of water environment;
  • Driving factors, reasons, and/or explanations;
  • Other areas related to the topic.

Dr. Dong Liu
Dr. Chang Huang
Prof. Dr. Hongtao Duan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sediment transportation
  • soil conservation
  • human activities
  • water quality
  • climate change
  • carbon export/flux
  • atmospheric correction

Published Papers

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