Special Issue "Geomatics in Forestry and Agriculture: New Advances and Perspectives"

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Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Modica
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Dipartimento di Agraria, Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Località Feo di Vito, I-89122 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: land cover and land use change dynamics; satellite and UAV remote sensing; landscape analysis and interpretation; remote sensing of vegetation; geographic object-based image analysis; machine learning.
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Dr. Maurizio Pollino
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Laboratory for the Analysis and Protection of Critical Infrastructures (APIC), ENEA—Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, 00123 Rome, Italy
Interests: GIS and remote sensing applications to environmental studies; risk analysis; critical infrastructures protection; design and development of GIS-based decision support systems (DSSs)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decade, geomatics science has experienced explosive growth thanks to the great diffusion of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and the increasing accessibility to free and low-cost satellite remote sensed multispectral data (i.e., Landsat, Sentinel, RapidEye, Planetscope). Geomatics methodologies and techniques (i.e., GIS combined with remote sensing) are essential to explore and characterize agriculture and forestry in the frame of various applications and analyses: agroforestry land survey and mapping, land use/land cover dynamics, urban/rural interactions (e.g., growth/sprawl phenomenon and loss of rural/natural lands), landscape planning and management, land suitability assessment, spatial decision support systems, and precision agriculture and forestry.

In particular, in recent years, the geoscientific community has been focusing on using geomatics-based technologies and approaches to support decision-making in many of the application fields mentioned above. In this sense, spatial methodologies, models, and tools (e.g., multicriteria spatial decision support systems) can support environmental managers and planners in analyzing the interactions between location, development actions, and environmental elements in order to identify a set of effective solutions able to address multiple societal needs and demands. To manage agroforestry resources according to the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability, such approaches and procedures should examine trade-offs between often competing/conflicting objectives/alternatives.

Moreover, the need for related standard and effective spatial interfaces, geovisual analytic tools, and integrated geographic platforms (e.g., SDIs, spatial data infrastructures) is universally recognized to exploit the capacity of maps to offer an overview of and insight into spatial patterns and relations. To this end, WebGIS-based applications can be implemented and exploited to publish and share geospatial information with experts, stakeholders, local communities, and citizens (e.g., to favor e-participation in the planning tools).

The present Special Issue would like to show and compare different approaches, existing operative proposals, and cases studies concerning Geomatics (GIS, WebGIS, RS (remote sensing)) and UAV applications to agriculture and forestry. The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following keywords:

geomatics; agroforestry; sustainable planning; spatial data processing and fusion; multispectral, hyperspectral, and thermal RS in agroforestry; multicriteria spatial decision support systems for environmental decision making; agroforestry land survey and mapping using UAVs; precision agriculture and forestry

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Modica
Dr. Maurizio Pollino
Guest Editors

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  • geomatics
  • agroforestry
  • sustainable planning
  • spatial data processing and fusion
  • multispectral, hyperspectral, and thermal RS in agroforestry
  • multicriteria spatial decision support systems for environmental decision making
  • agroforestry land survey and mapping using UAVs
  • precision agriculture and forestry

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Prediction of Potential and Actual Evapotranspiration Fluxes Using Six Meteorological Data-Based Approaches for a Range of Climate and Land Cover Types
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(3), 192; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi10030192 - 23 Mar 2021
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Evapotranspiration is the major component of the water cycle, so a correct estimate of this variable is fundamental. The purpose of the present research is to assess the monthly scale accuracy of six meteorological data-based models in the prediction of evapotranspiration (ET) losses [...] Read more.
Evapotranspiration is the major component of the water cycle, so a correct estimate of this variable is fundamental. The purpose of the present research is to assess the monthly scale accuracy of six meteorological data-based models in the prediction of evapotranspiration (ET) losses by comparing the modelled fluxes with the observed ones from eight sites equipped with eddy covariance stations which differ in terms of vegetation and climate type. Three potential ET methods (Penman-Monteith, Priestley-Taylor, and Blaney-Criddle models) and three actual ET models (the Advection-Aridity, the Granger and Gray, and the Antecedent Precipitation Index method) have been proposed. The findings show that the models performances differ from site to site and they depend on the vegetation and climate characteristics. Indeed, they show a wide range of error values ranging from 0.18 to 2.78. It has been not possible to identify a single model able to outperform the others in each biome, but in general, the Advection-Aridity approach seems to be the most accurate, especially when the model calibration in not carried out. It returns very low error values close to 0.38. When the calibration procedure is performed, the most accurate model is the Granger and Gray approach with minimum error of 0.13 but, at the same time, it is the most impacted by this process, and therefore, in a context of data scarcity, it results the less recommended for ET prediction. The performances of the investigated ET approaches have been furthermore tested in case of lack of measured data of soil heat fluxes and net radiation considering using empirical relationships based on meteorological data to derive these variables. Results show that, the use of empirical formulas to derive ET estimates increases the errors up to 200% with the consequent loss of model accuracy. Full article
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