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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Special Section Calls for Papers


To submit a manuscript for consideration in a Special Section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the Online Submission System. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. 

View the list of special sections that have already been published on the SPIE Digital Library.

CALLS FOR PAPERS:

Remote Sensing for Investigating the Coupled Biogeophysical and Biogeochemical Process of Harmful Algal Blooms

Recent Advances in Geophysical Sensing of the Ocean: Remote and In Situ Methods


Toxic algae bloom

January-March 2017

Remote Sensing for Investigating the Coupled Biogeophysical and Biogeochemical Process of Harmful Algal Blooms

Alan Weidemann
Naval Research Laboratory
Department of Defense
NRLSSC Code 7330
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529, United States
E-mail: Alan.Weidemann@nrlssc.navy.mil

Ni-Bin Chang
Stormwater Management Academy
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida 32816, United States
E-mail: nchang@ucf.edu

Call for Papers: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are defined as an increase in the concentration of a phytoplankton species in a water body that could be triggered by many factors simultaneously, such as eutrophication, sea surface temperature, as well as wind and current directions. HAB issues are global and appear to be increasing in severity and extent under the impact of global changes. These issues result in many unintended environmental, economic, ecological, and human health consequences. They include but are not limited to mass mortalities of fish and marine mammals; economic loss due to reduced tourism, fish stocks, and shellfish harvests; degraded drinking water quality; and a suite of public health problems associated with the consumption of contaminated fish, drinking water, and shellfish via direct/indirect exposure to toxins such as Mycrocystis. These HABs may alter marine/coastal benthic habitats and ecosystem health through shading effect, generate adverse effects on submerged and/or emergent aquatic vegetation, impact various life stages of fish, and cause induced anoxia via overgrowth. Near-surface HABs, like the Karenia spp. blooms, can be easily detected and tracked by space-borne and airborne remote sensing technologies. Yet subsurface HABs, like the Dinophysis spp. blooms, cannot be detected directly with space-borne remote sensing. Both types of HABs, however, can appear as sudden events without early warning and persist in the water body for days or weeks unnoticed.

Remote sensing technologies and numerical modeling methods make the investigation of the coupled biogeophysical and biogeochemical process possible. Given the complexity of the coupling process, various multispectral, hyperspectral, infrared, LIDAR, and microwave remote sensing technologies might need to be independently or collectively used. Satellites, buoys, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), and numerical models may be coordinated to monitor the presence and movement of HABs and promote early warning capacity. However, persistent or sporadic cloud cover can potentially cause data gaps in passive remotely sensed data. To improve the spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution, multisensor image fusion and data mining could become inevitable tools for a wealth of feature extraction and content-based mapping.

The Journal of Applied Remote Sensing will publish a special section focusing on applied remote sensing technologies in response to the impact of HABs. We invite you to submit papers dealing with applied remote sensing and its integration in the studies of HABs' impact and the coupled biogeophysical and biogeochemical process with multiple remote sensing tools, platforms, sensors, and methods. We are particularly interested in contributions that address the contemporary challenges and perspectives that highlight the current state-of-the-art technologies and future barriers simultaneously. The topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Remote sensing for improved understanding of the drivers behind these biogeophysical and biogeochemical phenomena in the water body with a more complex integrative approach than simple remote sensing.
  • Advances in space-borne and airborne remote sensing technologies and ground-based sensor networks that may provide rapid spatial and temporal coverage for monitoring HABs and coupled with data-assimilative modeling to provide the necessary components for building a HAB detection system.
  • Multisensor image fusion and data mining for promoting the detection and forecasting of HABs.
  • Integrated remote sensing, monitoring, and modeling technologies to produce nowcasts and forecasts of HABs.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and big data analytics that contribute remote sensing capacity toward improved detection and forecasting of HABs.
  • Combined satellites, buoys, UAV, AUV, and numerical models to capture the extent and track of both near-surface and subsurface HABs.
  • Advanced image processing, feature extraction, and content-based mapping that differentiate the phytoplankton species in the HABs.
  • Impact assessment of HABs on the benthic habitats via remote sensing.

To submit a manuscript for consideration in the special section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and submit the paper via the online submission system . A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Papers will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this special section.

Closed for submissions.

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ocean sensing

July-Sept 2017

Recent Advances in Geophysical Sensing of the Ocean: Remote and In Situ Methods

Weilin "Will" Hou
US Naval Research Laboratory
NRLSSC Code 7333
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529, United States
E-mail: hou@nrlssc.navy.mil

Robert Arnone
University of Southern Mississippi
Department of Marine Science
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529, United States
E-mail: robert.arnone@usm.edu

Call for papers: The special section seeks to address many issues related to remote and in situ sensing of the ocean. Open and coastal oceans are key areas to comprehensive understanding of our planet, from large-scale events such as El Nino, hurricane formation and tracking, to long-term events such as global climate change, to short-term weather predictions of both the atmosphere and the ocean, and small-scale oceanic properties as mixing patterns, biological layers, and visibility. Traditional ocean research techniques are widely augmented today with in situ sampling packages on moorings, buoys, floats, flow-through systems, mobile platforms (gliders, autonomous underwater vehicles, and remotely operated underwater vehicles), integrated sensor networks, and observatories. These are vibrant research and development areas and generate the most accurate data available, in 3-D, often in real-time, and are less affected by adverse conditions. However, spot sampling lacks the rapid, broad coverage that is critical in real-time decision making. In situ observations at times are not available for unsafe or inaccessible environments. Remote sensing techniques (both active and passive) have been proven to offer synoptic surface coverage with adequate accuracy, when sensors are calibrated and validated correctly. It is essential to establish and maintain precise protocols for deciding the appropriate mix and application of different sensor systems in order to maintain data coherence and comparability. Because of such requirements, it is important to understand how the oceanic and related atmospheric environment affects sensor performance, and what techniques are being developed to enhance sensor performance in challenging ocean environments.

The Journal of Applied Remote Sensing will publish a special section focusing on recent remote sensing advances in oceanic environment. While it is impossible to navigate through the many aspects of ocean remote sensing in one section, we do intend to focus on key elements and recent advances amongst the dynamic research areas (in bold below), including but not limited to the following:

Active and passive remote sensing of the ocean and atmosphere

  • ocean color-sensing sensors, algorithms, and products
  • recent development in lidar systems and algorithms
  • sea surface temperature (SST) sensors and algorithms
  • inversion techniques for active and passive measurements, basic physical properties
  • intercomparison for remote sensing applications
  • calibration and characterization of satellite/airborne sensors and related cal/val efforts

Sensors, in situ measurements, and platforms

  • in situ ocean optical measurement and sensors development
  • unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drones) sensing platform and sensors
  • unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and sensors
  • coastal ocean observation from buoys, observatories, and ships of opportunities

Ocean forecasting and applications

  • 3-D/4-D environmental forecasting
  • uncertainty assessment
  • ecosystem monitoring
  • fishery forecast

Marine physics

  • surface and internal waves, currents, tides, small-scale eddies, and turbulence
  • benthic and bathymetric properties
  • surf zones and shallow water optics.

The special section is open to everyone, and participants in the recent SPIE Ocean Sensing and Monitoring conference track are particularly invited to submit papers based on their presentations. All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Manuscripts due 15 November 2016.

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Published Special Sections:

Sparsity-Driven High Dimensional Remote Sensing Image Processing and Analysis (October-December 2016)
Guest Editors: Xin Huang, Paolo Gamba, and Bormin Huang

Advances in Remote Sensing for Renewable Energy Development: Challenges and Perspectives (2015)
Guest Editors: Yuyu Zhou, Lalit Kumar, and Warren Mabee

Onboard Compression and Processing for Space Data Systems (2015)
Guest Editors: Enrico Magli and Raffaele Vitulli

Management and Analytics of Remotely Sensed Big Data (2015)
Guest Editors: Liangpei Zhang, Qian (Jenny) Du, and Mihai Datcu

Remote Sensing and Sensor Networks for Promoting Agro-Geoinformatics (2014 and 2015)
Guest Editors: Liping Di and Zhengwei Yang

High-Performance Computing in Applied Remote Sensing: Part 3 (2014)
Guest Editors: Bormin Huang, Jiaji Wu, and Yang-Lang Chang

Airborne Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Urban Environments (2014)
Guest Editors: Qian (Jenny) Du and Paolo Gamba

Progress in Snow Remote Sensing (2014)
Guest Editors: Hongjie Xie, Chunlin Huang, and Tiangang Liang

Advances in Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation (2014)
Guest Editors: Marija Strojnik and Gonzalo Paez

Earth Observation for Global Environmental Change (2014)
Guest Editor: Huadong Guo

Advances in Onboard Payload Data Compression (2013)
Guest Editors: Enrico Magli and Raffaele Vitulli

Advances in Remote Sensing Applications for Locust Habitat Monitoring and Management (2013)
Guest Editors: Ramesh Sivanpillai and Alexandre V. Latchininsky

High-Performance Computing in Applied Remote Sensing: Part 2 (2012)
Guest Editors: Bormin Huang and Antonio Plaza

Advances in Remote Sensing for Monitoring Global Environmental Changes (2012)
Guest Editors: Yuyu Zhou, Qihao Weng, Ni-Bin Chang

High-Performance Computing in Applied Remote Sensing: Part 1 (2011)
Guest Editors: Bormin Huang and Antonio Plaza

Satellite Data Compression (2010)
Guest Editor: Bormin Huang

Remote Sensing for Coupled Natural Systems and Built Environments (2010)
Guest Editor: Ni-Bin Chang 

Remote Sensing Applications to Wildland Fire Research in the Eastern United States: Selected Papers from the 2007 EastFIRE Conference - Part 2 (2009)
Guest Editors: John J. Qu and Stephen D. Ambrose

Remote Sensing of the Wenchuan Earthquake (2009)
Guest Editor: Huadong Guo

Remote Sensing Applications to Wildland Fire Research in the Eastern United States: Selected Papers from the 2007 EastFIRE Conference (2008)
Guest Editors: John J. Qu and Stephen D. Ambrose

Aquatic Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental Monitoring and Management (2007)
Guest Editors: Vittorio E. Brando and Stuart Phinn


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