Special Issue "Modelling and Monitoring of Landscapes: 3D Reconstruction and Scene Analysis from Remote Sensing Images"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mattia Previtali
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Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Via Giuseppe Ponzio, 31, 20133 Milano, MI, Italy
Interests: image analysis; image matching; multiview reconstruction; laser scanning; point cloud classification; monitoring
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Dr. Branka Cuca
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Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Via G. Ponzio, 31, Milano, Italy
Interests: image matching; photogrammetry; satellite remote sensing; cultural heritage and cultural landscapes; built environment/territorial and urban planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, earth observation missions, carried out by public and private companies, are providing an unprecedented amount of remotely sensed imagery and information, posing specific issues in terms of data processing and storage. Novel Big Data processing methods are required to derive promptly relevant information to different user and stakeholder.  

This Special Issue focuses on presenting the latest advances in satellite image analysis, mainly dealing with scene analysis and 3D reconstruction. In particular, the development of new methodologies for information extraction from images and scene analysis are of paramount importance for a wide range of applications in modelling and monitoring of built environment and landscapes. Image segmentation and classification, extraction of object features, machine learning and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) are revolutionizing the semantic analysis of satellite data even if some issues are still pending on the portability of the learned features and accuracies with data other than the ones used in the training step. In a similar way, optical and microwave sensors allow for 3D reconstruction with a level of detail unforeseeable a few years ago. However, the accuracy of the derived model and their combination with other products derived by lightweight drones is still not fully solved. For these reasons specific focus of the call are the following: i) classification accuracy analysis, ii) integration between satellite classification results and other geospatial data sources and products, iii) combination of 3D products obtained from different platforms (e.g., UAV/airborne LiDAR).

Specific topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • land and landscape degradation trends
  • monitoring of impact of extreme climate events
  • monitoring of landscapes, cultural landscapes and cultural heritage sites
  • definition and advancement in monitoring of specific indicators for sustainable use of territorial ecosystems (e.g., SDG 15 Life on Earth)
  • use of open geospatial information

Utilization and integration of Open Data in the submitted contributions is warmly suggested. Use of Copernicus programme, both Sentinel satellites imagery, and the imagery of contributing missions is encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Mattia Previtali
Dr. Branka Cuca
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.

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  • Machine learning methods for image analysis
  • Integrated 3D reconstruction
  • Hyperspectral cameras and LiDAR
  • Feature extraction
  • Satellite image time series analysis
  • Risk assessment and impacts of climate change
  • Landscape, Cultural landscapes and Cultural heritage sites
  • Land use/land cover
  • Sustainable Development goals
  • Sustainable ecosystems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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