Special Issue "Novel Approaches for Multiscale Observation of Ecological Processes"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Vegetation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Enrico Tomelleri
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, 39100 Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Interests: biogeochemistry; forest ecology; remote sensing; proximal sensing; UAVs; spectrometry
Dr. Marco Dubbini
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Guest Editor
Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna, Piazza San Giovanni in Monte 2, I-40124 Bologna, Italy
Interests: surveying; mapping; geomatic, digital terrain analysis; geosciences, laser scanning; remote sensing; sensors; geographic information system; environmental monitoring; drones, precision agriculture; statistical analysis; GNSS system; geomatics for cultural heritage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ecosystem functioning is the result of multiple processes occurring at heterogeneous spatial and temporal scales. The investigation of a complex ecosystem requires multiple observational approaches for disentangling single mechanisms. This is relevant especially for vegetation types with complex horizontal and vertical structures (e.g., natural forests).

Indeed, distinguishing single processes is of fundamental importance for improving our understanding of ecosystems’ adaptation to a changing environment. In addition to this, the description of processes at the relevant temporal and spatial scale is crucial for improving ecosystem models.

In this context, the continuous development of lightweight imaging spectrometers and lightweight LIDAR devices, together with the advancements of UAV technology, provide unforeseen possibilities for exploiting multiscale and multisensor observations of the rapidly changing environment. Furthermore, the increasing availability of remote sensing data with increasing temporal, spatial, and spectral resolution offers novel research opportunities in spatial ecology. Moreover, the development of IoT technology allows for collecting consistent environmental and physiological parameters with high temporal frequency across broad spatialized networks.

In this Special Issue on “Novel Approaches for Multiscale Observation of Ecological Processes”, we invite authors to submit their work making synergistic use of UAV-borne, airborne, satellite, and ground sensing in spatial ecology. We particularly welcome contributions exploiting novel technologies and applications for multiscale/multisensor observation of ecosystem temporal and spatial dynamics. Review articles are also welcome.
Submissions may cover a wide range of topics, including:

 ·     Development of novel sensors suitable for multiscale observations and their validation;

 ·     Scale-dependent model development and calibration;

 ·     Synthesis works from ecological networks including spectral observations;

 ·     Results from multiplatform/multisensor field campaigns;

 ·     Novel experimental activities to assess and monitor vegetation traits and their dynamics across scales;

 .     Use, integration, and validation of environmental, spectral, and structural data;

 .     Combination of environmental IoT networks with remote observations.

Dr Enrico Tomelleri

Dr Marco Dubbini

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ecosystem processes
  • Vegetation traits
  • Ecosystem modeling
  • Climate change
  • Remote sensing
  • Forests
  • UAVs
  • IoT

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