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Special Issue: Drone research and applications in geography

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Drone technology, recognized as personal remote sensing, is under rapid development and has been widely applied in various disciplines. Personal image collection from drones, or small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), is a key tool in acquiring very high-resolution geographic information for land surveys, 3D landscape mapping and changes over time. With moderate quality cameras, the near-surface drone data provide unique ground reference information for Earth observations from aerial photography or satellite imagery. The user-controlled, flexible and massive drone image capture offers an unprecedented opportunity for advanced environmental monitoring.

This Special Issue solicits papers about recent advances of drone technology and deployment in various applied Geography studies. We invite submissions with (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Experimental studies on drone image collection and analysis
  • LiDAR and Structure-from-Motion (SfM) techniques  
  • 2D and 3D terrain/vegetation mapping
  • Land and infrastructure surveying
  • Integration of drone data with other image types
  • videography
  • Drone data applications (e.g., precision farming; natural hazards; water quality)
  • Challenges and new opportunities of drone technology and application

Submission guidelines

The deadline of this special issue is May 31, 2020. Any manuscripts submitted before then will be reviewed right away and published once accepted.

Papers in Applied Geography had just been added to ProQuest, a citation indexing service. The journal is expected to apply for inclusion in other indexing services with new volumes published.

To submit your manuscript for consideration for publishing in the journal, please upload your manuscripts using the submission portal.

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Feel free to contact the Guest editors with any questions on this Special Issue. 

Guest Editors

Dr. Cuizhen (Susan) Wang, Professor, Dept. of Geography, University of South Carolina, Cwang@mailbox.sc.edu
Dr. Ryan R. Jensen, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Geography, Brigham Young University, rjensen@byu.edu

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