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Remote Sensing of Global Croplands

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Prasad Thenkabail is the guest editor for a special issue of Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, the journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Scheduled for August 2012, the special issue focuses on global croplands and their water use for food security in the twenty-first century.

From the call for papers:

The goal of this special issue is to seek papers providing cutting-edge research on remote sensing of global croplands and their water use. We solicit papers that: (A) espouse advanced methods and algorithms for cropland mapping at local, regional, and global levels using remote sensing data from advanced multispectral, hyperspectral, and hyperspatial sensors and/or fusion of them, (B) model water use assessments using thermal and/or optical sensors along with surface energy balance approaches, and (C) develop spatial models for food security analysis based on remote sensing derived cropland maps and water use assessments. The papers of specific interest will be those that: (1) develop methods and techniques for consistent and unbiased estimates of agricultural croplands over space and time; (2) account for watering source (e.g., irrigated, rainfed, other LULC) of croplands, (3) elaborate on cropping intensity over a year; (4) define the actual area and spatial distribution of croplands in the world; (5) determine change in cropland extent or intensity; and (6) assess accuracies, errors, and uncertainties.

Manuscripts are due to Dr. Thenkabail by October 1, 2011

Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing August 2012 Special Issue Call for Papers (pdf)

Point of Contact: Prasad S. Thenkabail (650) 329-4260


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