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Remote Sensing Monitoring and Assessment of Forest, Grassland, Wetland and Urban Ecosystem

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 251

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College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Interests: vegetation remote sensing; leaf area index; foliage clumping; LiDAR; ecological remote sensing

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College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Interests: thermal remote sensing; land surface temperature; surface emissivity; soil moisture; leaf area index; ecological remote sensing
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National Satellite Meteorological Center (National Center for Space Weather), Beijing 100081, China
Interests: retrieval of ecological parameters and assessment of ecological environmental quality based on remote sensing

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Institute of Atmospheric Environment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
Interests: urban expansion; atmospheric environment; urban heat island; urban environment; urban climate

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ecosystems play a vital role in maintaining ecological balance and sustaining life on our planet. Forests, grasslands, wetlands, and cities are among the most important and vulnerable ecosystems, facing threats from climate change, land-use changes, and human activities. To effectively manage and protect these ecosystems, comprehensive and accurate monitoring and assessment are essential. Remote sensing technologies have emerged as powerful tools for this purpose, enabling researchers and environmental managers to gather large-scale and high-resolution data for ecosystem analysis.

This Special Issue aims to bring together cutting-edge research in the field of remote sensing and its applications in monitoring and assessing forest, grassland, wetland, and urban ecosystems. The primary focus is on the development and utilization of remote sensing techniques, data, and methodologies to understand ecosystem dynamics, assess environmental health, and provide valuable information for sustainable management. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The remote sensing retrieval of ecosystem parameters;
  • Advancements in remote sensing technologies for ecosystem monitoring;
  • Assessment of land cover and land-use changes in forest, grassland, wetland, and urban areas;
  • Ecohydrological dynamics and assessment;
  • Climate change impact assessments;
  • Vegetation health and biomass estimation;
  • Wetland mapping and characterization;
  • Ecosystem restoration and management strategies;
  • The integration of remote sensing with other data sources for comprehensive ecosystem analysis;
  • The effects of urbanization on the environment and climate change.

By promoting this Special Issue, we aim to foster collaboration among experts in the field, encourage knowledge exchange, and contribute to the better understanding and preservation of our valuable forest, grassland, wetland, and urban ecosystems.

We invite authors to submit their high-quality contributions to this Special Issue, facilitating the dissemination of innovative research findings and advancements in the realm of remote sensing applied to ecosystem monitoring and assessment. Join us in the endeavor to safeguard these vital ecosystems for current and future generations.

This abstract sets the background for a Special Issue call on the monitoring and assessment of forest, grassland, wetland, and urban ecosystems using remote sensing technologies. It highlights the importance of these ecosystems and the role of remote sensing in their understanding and protection.

Dr. Ronghai Hu
Dr. Xiaoning Song
Dr. Fangcheng Zhou
Dr. Wenchao Han
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  • remote sensing retrieval
  • ecological assessment
  • ecosystem monitoring
  • ecohydrological dynamics
  • ecosystem change
  • vegetation structure and physiology

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