Special Issue: "Remote Sensing of Land Surface Properties, Patterns and Processes" - Sensors Journal

Guest Editor:
Dr. Qihao Weng*; Dr. Dale A. Quattrochi and Dr. George Xian
Coordinator - *Associate Professor of Geography
Director Center for Urban and Environmental Change
Department of Geography, Geology, and Anthropology
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA
Tel. +001 812 237 2255, Fax +001 812 237 8029
E-mail: qhweng@gmail.com; qweng@indstate.edu; http://www.gis.indstate.edu/

Deadline for Paper submission:  Closed

Summary

In this special issue, we wish to explore the current state in using remote sensing technology to understand land surface properties, patterns, and processes. In particular, studies that employ remotely sensed data to derive quantitative measurements of land surface properties, to characterize and quantify land surface ecological and geographical patterns, and to analyze and model land surface processes are encouraged. The virtues and importance of remote sensing data from various ground, aircraft, and satellite platforms will be assessed. Moreover, we wish to explore how improved sensor and analytical techniques can be employed to better define, characterize, quantify, and model land surface forms, patterns, and processes. The topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Published Papers

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Markus Hollaus 1,*, Wolfgang Wagner 1,2, Bernhard Maier 3 and Klemens Schadauer 41 Christian Doppler Laboratory for “Spatial Data from Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing”, at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vienna University of Technology, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Vienna, Austria, Tel: ++43(0)1 58801 12239, Fax: ++43(0)1 58801 12299. E-mails: mh@ipf.tuwien.ac.at; ww@ipf.tuwien.ac.at
2 Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vienna University of Technology, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Vienna, Austria. E-mail: ww@ipf.tuwien.ac.at
3 Stand Montafon Forstfonds, Montafonerstraße 21, 6780 Schruns, Austria. E-mail: bernhard.maier@stand-montafon.at
4 Department of Forest Inventory at the Federal Research and Training Center for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg,
1130 Vienna, Austria. E-mail: klemens.schadauer@bfw.gv.at
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 20 July 2007 / Accepted: 14 August 2007 / Published: 17 August 2007Full Paper: Airborne Laser Scanning of Forest Stem Volume in a Mountainous Environment
Sensors 2007, 7, 1559-1577  (PDF format, 1770 K)

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Christopher D. Elvidge 1,*, Benjamin T. Tuttle 2,3, Paul C. Sutton 3, Kimberly E. Baugh 2, Ara T. Howard 2, Cristina Milesi 4,
Budhendra Bhuduri 5 and Ramakrishna Nemani 6

1 Earth Observation Group, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80305, USA. Email: chris.elvidge@noaa.gov
2 Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Email: ben.tuttle@noaa.gov, kim.baugh@noaa.gov, ara.t.howard@noaa.gov
3 Department of Geography, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA. Email: psutton@du.edu
4 Foundation of California State University, Monterey Bay, California.
5 U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
6 NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA.
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Received: 30 August 2007 / Accepted: 11 September 2007 / Published: 21 September 2007
Full Paper: Global Distribution and Density of Constructed Impervious Surfaces
Sensors 2007, 7, 1962-1979 (PDF format, 4690 K)

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Amanda Harris 1, Sayma Rahman 2, Faisal Hossain 1,*, Lance Yarborough 3, Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou 2 and Greg Easson 3
1 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA
2 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
3 Geoinformatics Research Center, Department of Geological Engineering, University of Mississippi. Oxford, MS, USA
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: fhossain@tntech.edu

Received: 30 November 2007 / Accepted: 18 December 2007 / Published: 20 December 2007
Full Paper: Satellite-based Flood Modeling Using TRMM-based Rainfall Products
Sensors 2007, 7, 3416-3427 (PDF format, 574 K)

Open Access
Minha Choi 1,* and Jennifer M. Jacobs 2
1 Research Physical Scientist, USDA-ARS Hydrology & Remote Sensing Lab., Beltsville, MD 20705, U.S.A.; E-mail: minha.choi@ars.usda.gov
2 Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, U.S.A.; E-mail: jennifer.jacobs@unh.edu
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 3 December 2007 / Accepted: 8 April 2008 / Published: 14 April 2008

Full Research Paper: Temporal Variability Corrections for Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer E (AMSR-E) Surface Soil Moisture: Case Study in Little River Region, Georgia, U.S.
Sensors 2008, 8, 2617-2627  (PDF format, 303 K)

Open Access
Desheng Liu 1,* and Ruiliang Pu 2
1 Department of Geography and Department of Statistics, The Ohio State University, 1036 Derby Hall, 154 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210 USA; Tel: 614-247-2775; Fax: 614-292-6213; E-mail: liu.738@osu.edu
2 Department of Geography, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., NES 107, Tampa, FL 33620 USA; Tel.: +1 813 974 1508; Fax: +1 813 974 4808; E-mail: rpu@cas.usf.edu
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 2 March 2008 / Accepted: 8 April 2008 / Published:16 April 2008

Full Research Paper: Downscaling Thermal Infrared Radiance for Subpixel Land Surface Temperature Retrieval
Sensors 2008, 8, 2695-2706 (PDF format, 597 K)

Open Access
Camille C. D. Lelong 1,*, Philippe Burger 2, Guillaume Jubelin 3, Bruno Roux 4, Sylvain Labbé 5 and Frédéric Baret 6
1 CIRAD, UMR TETIS, 500 Rue J.-F. Breton, 34093 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
2 INRA, UMR 1248 AGIR, Chemin de Borde Rouge, BP52627, 31326 Castanet Tolosan Cedex, France
3 Nev (a) ntropic, 16 bis Avenue du Quatorze Juillet, 97300 Cayenne, France
4 L’Avion Jaune, Minéa Incubation, 361 Rue J.-F. Breton, BP5095, 34196 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
5 Cemagref, UMR TETIS, 500 Rue J.-F. Breton, 34093 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
6 INRA, UMR 1114 EMMAH, Domaine St Paul, Site Agroparc, 84914 Avignon Cedex 9, France
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: camille.lelong (a) cirad.fr
Received: 29 April 2008 / Accepted: 23 May 2008 / Published: 26 May 2008

Article: Assessment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Imagery for Quantitative Monitoring of Wheat Crop in Small Plots
Sensors 2008, 8, 3557-3585 (PDF format, 1230 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8053557

Open Access
Martin Rutzinger 1,2,*, Bernhard Höfle 3, Markus Hollaus 4 and Norbert Pfeifer 3
1 alpS - Centre for Natural Hazard Management, Grabenweg 3, A-6020 Innsbruck. E-mail: rutzinger@alps-gmbh.com
2 Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck, Innrain 52, A-6020 Innsbruck. E-mail: martin.rutzinger@uibk.ac.at
3 Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, TU Vienna, Gußhausstraße 27-29, A-1040 Vienna. Email: bh@ipf.tuwien.ac.at. E-mail: np@ipf.tuwien.ac.at
4 Christian Doppler Laboratory “Spatial Data from Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing” at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, TU Vienna, Gußhausstraße 27-29, A-1040 Vienna. E-mail: mh@ipf.tuwien.ac.at
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 1 July 2008; in revised form: 28 July 2008 / Accepted: 28 July 2008 / Published: 4 August 2008

Article: Object-Based Point Cloud Analysis of Full-Waveform Airborne Laser Scanning Data for Urban Vegetation Classification
Sensors 2008, 8, 4505-4528 (PDF format, 6690 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8084505

Open Access
Derrick Lampkin * and Rui Peng
Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, USA; E-Mails: djl22@psu.edu (F. L.); rpx@psu.edu (F. L.)
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; Tel.: (814)-865-2493; Fax: (814)-863-7943
Received: 3 July 2008; in revised form: 22 July 2008 / Accepted: 15 August 2008 / Published: 22 August 2008
Article: Empirical Retrieval of Surface Melt Magnitude from Coupled MODIS Optical and Thermal Measurements over the Greenland Ice Sheet during the 2001 Ablation Season
Sensors 2008, 8, 4915-4947 (PDF format, 3400 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8084915

Open Access
Raita Säynäjoki 1, Petteri Packalén 1, Matti Maltamo 1,*, Mikko Vehmas 1 and Kalle Eerikäinen 2
1 University of Joensuu, Faculty of Forest Sciences, P.O.Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland; E-mails: raita.saynajoki@joensuu.fi, petteri.packalen@joensuu.fi, matti.maltamo@joensuu.fi, mikko.vehmas@joensuu.fi
2 Finnish Forest Research Institute, Joensuu Research Unit, P.O Box 68, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland; E-mail: kalle.eerikainen@metla.fi
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 5 August 2008; in revised form: 21 August 2008 / Accepted: 22 August 2008 / Published: 25 August 2008
Article: Detection of Aspens Using High Resolution Aerial Laser Scanning Data and Digital Aerial Images
Sensors 2008, 8, 5037-5054 (PDF format, 145 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8085037

Open Access
Alexander Savelyev and Ramanathan Sugumaran *
Department of Geography, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA; E-mail: savelyev@uni.edu (Alexander Savelyev)
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: sugu@uni.edu
Received: 25 July 2008; in revised form: 22 August 2008 / Accepted: 22 August 2008 / Published: 25 August 2008
Article: Surface Temperature Mapping of the University of Northern Iowa Campus Using High Resolution Thermal Infrared Aerial Imageries
Sensors 2008, 8, 5055-5068 (PDF format, 757 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8085055

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