Special Issue "Monitoring Soil Moisture Content through Earth Observation"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Precision and Digital Agriculture".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Dimitrios D. Alexakis
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Guest Editor
GeoSAT ReSearch Lab, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), 74100 Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Interests: earth observation; geographical information systems; geomorphology; natural hazards; landscape ecology; landscape archaeology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The assessment of soil moisture content (SMC) is indispensable for various disciplines, such as meteorology, hydrology and agriculture, finding applications in evapotranspiration estimation, flood-risk prediction and the assessment of irrigation requirements. The most accurate approach for SMC estimation is that of the gravimetric method; however, large-scale SMC ground measurements are time- and labour - intensive. Remote sensing provides a fast alternative to mapping SMC and its temporal distribution. The advent of satellite-based remote sensing has led to a considerable amount of scientific literature on identifying the potential of such sensors to provide explicit SMC maps from space.

The main aim of this Special Issue is to create a dialogue between remote sensing experts regarding the use, perspectives, and current limitations of EO and the associated geospatial science and technology in monitoring and modelling SMC both at the local and regional scale. In addition, this Special Issue will cover topics related to soil loss and erosion as a result of climate change, land degradation, current and future land use, and agricultural practices, as well as the associated educational aspects. Authors are encouraged to submit articles concerning, but not limited to, the following subjects related to the monitoring of SMC:

  • Remote sensing (both optical and SAR);
  • UAVs;
  • LiDAR;
  • Climate change;
  • Land use;
  • Geomorphology;
  • Hydrology;
  • Landscape ecology;
  • Land degradation;
  • Conservation practices.

Dr. Dimitrios Alexakis
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2000 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.


  • soil moisture content
  • earth observation
  • SAR
  • optical sensors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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