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Remote Sensing for Oil and Gas Development, Production and Monitoring

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2024 | Viewed by 197

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA
Interests: oil and gas monitoring; deep-sea ecology; image processing; remote sensing; GIS

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Exxon Mobil Corporation, Spring, TX 77389, USA
Interests: petroleum geochemistry; hydrocarbon migration; oil and gas seepage; basin evolution; oil slicks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The detection and quantification of hydrocarbon in the ocean or atmosphere using remote sensing has rapidly improved in resolution and coverage. There have been extensive advances in Earth observation (EO) sensors, including space-borne high-resolution multispectral ones, polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The data from these platforms are widely analyzed to study economic oil and gas reserves as well as monitor and respond to oil pollution and fugitive methane emissions. This has led to an improved understanding of the fundamental processes that govern basin properties, the natural release of hydrocarbons, and how these may be affected by climate changes and other developments. Algorithm and AI techniques will be crucial for processing the very large datasets generated by the ever-expanding data volumes. An important facet of this research are approaches that validate or calibrate the instruments and methods used for remote sensing using ground-truth measurements of natural releases or anthropogenic discharges quantified at their sources.

This Special Issue will explore new trends in algorithm development, image processing, and applications of remote sensing in mapping and environmental monitoring related to oil and gas discovery, production, and transport, including the detection of fugitive methane. The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Maritime oil spill contamination detection, mapping, and responses;
  • The combination of EO, UAV, and SAR data to monitor oil-/gas-related activities;
  • The mapping of oil/gas exploration caused linear (e.g., seismic lines) and areal (e.g., well site) disturbances;
  • Models and methods for quantifying methane releases from natural and anthropogenic sources.

Prof. Dr. Ian Rosman MacDonald
Dr. William P. Meurer
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.


  • oil spill
  • oil slicks
  • earth observation
  • synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • petroleum geochemistry
  • oil and gas seepage

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