Special Issue "Remote Sensing in Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: remote sensing of submersed macrophytes; aquatic reed inventory and monitoring; catchment area impact; climate change impact; field spectroscopy and goniometry
Interests: remote sensing of deep and shallow water; monitoring of shallow benthis coverage; coupling of earth observation data and modelling approaches; time series nalysis and sensor fusion
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Aquatic plants, or macrophytes, are primary producers that grow in water (salt- or freshwater) and are either emergent, submergent, or floating. Macrophytes provide habitats for fish and aquatic invertebrates, produce oxygen, and act as food for fish and wildlife. Macrophytes are sessile, react on changes in the environment, and are therefore indicators for changing environmental conditions; the macrophyte index, for instance, is an integral part of the European Water Framework Directive (EU-WFD) and is understood as a long-term trophy status indicator. The growth of macrophytes is influenced by global change effects like the increase in water temperatures, more frequent extreme events (such as heavy rain, storm, drought periods), as well as changes in land use within the catchment of tributaries. These phenomena affect population composition, growth dynamics and promote endemic or alien invasive species. Ship-, air- and space-borne remote sensing (RS) approaches can support inventory and monitoring of macrophytes. At present, mainly optical systems are in use to analyse spatial, spectral, or temporal changes and to deliver information on bathymetry. Sonar and Green Lidar techniques complement the spectral information-based approaches of optical systems by bathymetric information and, to some extent, height information of macrophyte populations, expected to improve biomass estimation in contribution to methane emissions by lakes and rivers.
Manuscripts handed in for publication may cover the following aspects:
- Measurement frequency: across the daytime, mono-temporal, multi-seasonal (x-times per vegetation period), multi-temporal (successive years, same phenological phase)
- Measurement level: ‘in-situ’/’ex-situ’, ship, drone, airplane, satellite
- Instrumentation: broadband (e.g. PAR sensors, fluorescence), multi- to hyperspectral, sonar, Lidar
- Environmental setups/frame conditions:
- lake type, size, water contents, bathymethry effects (depth, slope, aspect, bottom type), atmosphere, daytime, etc.
- phenology changes (identification, growth competition)
- catchment effects (land use changes, connectivity of lakes)
- Criteria for identification and status assessment
- Analytical methods: growth modelling, supporting datasets, joint approaches (environmental DNA (eDNA), citizen science approaches, interaction freshwater body management/trophy status, interaction macrophytes/fishery, etc.)
- Analytical goals:
- Emersed aquatic populations and status indicators (frontline structure, vitality, density, height, species mixture)
- Submersed (including floating) species composition for EU-WFD, invasive species identification, growth depth and biomass, especially with regard to methane greenhouse gas emissions
Prof. Dr. Natascha Oppelt
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 2400 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.
- Identification of aquatic vegetation communities
- Phenology and detectability of submersed macrophytes
- Invasive species
- Influence of periphyton on lake bottom signal
- Water contents and detectability
- Climate change effects
- Water level changes
- Status assessment of submerged and emerged aquatic vegetation
- Bathymetry related issues
- Fish/macrophyte interactions
- Catchment area influences
- Sensor fusion
- Time series analysis