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Special Issue "Remote Sensing Applications for Blue Habitat Conservation and Restoration"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 October 2023 | Viewed by 84

Special Issue Editors

Department of Geography, University of Georgia, 210 Field Street, Rm 212B, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Interests: water quality (inland waters, estuaries, coastal, and open ocean waters); wetlands health, productivity, and carbon sequestration; benthic habitat mapping; cyber-innovated environmental sensing
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Washington, DC 20037, USA
Interests: blue carbon remote sensing; human-environment interaction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coastal ecosystems sequester large quantities of carbon (also known as “blue carbon”), thereby providing climate mitigation, ecosystem services, and biodiversity co-benefits. The potential of blue carbon ecosystems in addressing climate change mitigation and resilience was also discussed in the recent IPCC report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. More recently, at COP 27, the Mangrove Breakthrough alliance was formed, which highlights the need to develop strategies and guidance for countries to include blue carbon in their nationally determined contributions (NDCs), REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) programs and National Management plans, and therefore secure long-term financing to conserve and revitalize these coastal ecosystems. This recent formal accreditation of blue carbon services, especially towards meeting country-specific climate targets, has led to the proliferation of conservation and restoration projects worldwide, implying the need to spatially and temporally monitor them to assess on-ground outcomes.

Remote sensing approaches provide cost-effective solutions for monitoring changes to the ecosystem functioning of these habitats, contributing to the science of blue carbon conservation and restoration projects. This Special Issue on “remote sensing applications for blue habitat conservation and restoration” addresses the need to synthesize novel ways of applying remote-sensing-based technologies, methods, tools, and knowledge to assess blue carbon ecosystems across the world. In addition to the topics listed below, manuscripts addressing pathways for merging remote sensing approaches with carbon-estimating methods to improve uncertainties in emission factors for coastal areas, and for mapping of blue habitats such as mangroves, salt marshes, benthic habitats, macro-algae, and seagrasses, are also encouraged.

Examples of themes and topics relevant for this Special Issue:

  • Papers that discuss the complexities in defining and operationalizing the effectiveness of climate mitigation actions in coastal ecosystems (both research and review papers are welcome);
  • Uncertainties in remote sensing approaches for monitoring carbon in coastal ecosystems;
  • Impact of sea level rise and coastal flooding for blue carbon estimation and monitoring;
  • Approaches focusing on lesser-represented blue carbon habitats, such as coral reefs, tidal flats, kelp forests, seagrasses, or benthic algae;
  • LiDAR and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in coastal research (application of structure from motion (SfM) techniques);
  • Applications of hyperspectral and/or high-spatial-resolution sensors in monitoring the structure, function, and ecological services of blue habitats;
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of coastal restoration projects;
  • Assessment techniques to monitor country pledges towards sustainable development goals and nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

Prof. Dr. Deepak R. Mishra
Dr. Dina Rasquinha
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.

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