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01 February 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Yubao Qiu, MARIS project, Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Science (AIR-CAS), China
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Hanna K. Lappalainen, Pan-Eurasia Experiments (PEEX), University of Helsinki, Finland
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Tao Che, CASEarth Poles project, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources (NIEER), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
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Stein Sandven, EU-H2020 INTAROS, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Norway
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Tianjie Zhao, Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Science (AIR-CAS), China
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Observations, Remote Sensing Experiments and Geophysical Value-added Datasets for Cold High Mountain and Polar Regions

The Earth’s cold regions – in particular, the Arctic, Antarctic, and high mountain regions are experiencing a serious warming threat. The changes in snow and ice on land and the oceans, as well as the changes in the atmosphere, are greatly affecting the lives of people who live in the Earth’s cold regions and also the lives of people elsewhere. Recently, awareness of the open sharing and interoperability of Earth observation data and information has been promoted by several international organizations, programs and projects: for example, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and its Cold Regions Initiative, the Pan-Eurasia Experiments (PEEX) Program, and also environmental projects concerned with polar regions such as the EU’s Horizon 2020 Blue Growth Integrated Arctic Observation System (INTAROS) and its counterpart project Multi-Parameters Arctic Environmental Observations and Information Services (MARIS), as well as the ERA-PLANET Strand-4 Integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments (iCUPE) project, CASEarth Poles project of the Big Earth Data Science Engineering, and the Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research (STEP).

With the development of Big Earth Data technology, satellite observations and ground-based measurements, new datasets, methods and tools are offering new ways of understanding resilience and of providing services and improved model parametrization that can help societies to adapt to the changes that are occurring in cold regions. However, the opening up of datasets is posing challenges for the study of the Earth’s cold regions. In particular, more data together with representative and efficient data services are needed to address the societal benefits areas (SBAs). Therefore, this special issue aims to focus on recent developments in remote sensing experiments and newly available data products, value-added in situ datasets, the development of comprehensive Earth observation systems and attempts to construct a more open environment for Big Earth Data tools, software and services.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Geophysical valued-added remote sensing for high mountain and polar cold regions, including studies of the cryosphere, vegetation, ocean, atmosphere, fresh water etc.
• Ground observation and field campaigns focused on the validation and calibration of remote sensing data products and methods, and integrated modelling outputs related to environmental changes in cold regions.
• Datasets from remote sensing experiments on radiative transfer models as well as experiments on the development, calibration, parameterization and application of Earth system models in cold regions.
• Data policies, management methods and applications that support Societal Benefits Areas (SBAs), international collaboration and global risk management.
• New developments in research and information infrastructure, and in data processing methodologies, tools, software or code, especially those closely related to Big Earth Data sharing and interoperability exercises.
• Other research, including developments in techniques and/or technology and education, including e-platforms and visions related to Big Earth Data analytics as applied to the Earth’s cold regions.

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Important Dates
1 February, 2021: Paper submission online
1 April, 2021: Decision to authors
1 June, 2021: Revised paper submission
1 August, 2021: Publication

The special issue will include a maximum of 12 papers. Qualified manuscripts will be reviewed upon submission and accepted papers will be published online. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two peer reviewers.

Authors who have any questions related to topics and datasets should not hesitate to contact the Guest Editors. We look forward to your contributions.

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