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05 May 2021

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International Journal of Digital Earth

Special Issue Editor(s)

Huadong Guo, Aerospace Information Research Institute, CAS
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Alfredo Renga, University of Naples
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Guang Liu, Aerospace Information Research Institute, CAS
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Moon-based Earth Observation

The Earth is a highly dynamic planet, which exists in a complex state on multiple temporal and spatial scales. As such, it has been a challenging problem in Earth systems science to obtain continuous macroscopic multi-dimensional Earth information on a global scale. The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth, and the setup of Earth observation systems on the Moon to study the Earth is a new concept, which is both advanced and quite practical. Sensors laid on the Moon can carry out long-term, global-scale and spatio-temporal consistent continuous observation of the Earth. It can effectively solve the problem of information acquisition of Earth macroscopic scientific phenomena and to obtain new discoveries in Earth systems science research.

At present, a large number of research achievements and significant progress have been made in the field of Moon-based Earth observation, which has attracted widespread attention around the world. This special issue of the International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE) is devoted to the latest developments on the basic theory and methodology of Moon-based Earth observation, the analysis and simulation of typical macroscopic phenomena of Moon-based Earth observation, and the instrument and design of Moon-based Earth observation, examination and analysis of up-to-date scientific requirements and key gaps arising from Moon-based Earth observation studies, and identification of major challenges.

The IJDE is the official Journal of the International Society for Digital Earth and is published by Taylor & Francis, UK. It is the first professional and international peer‐reviewed journal in the digital Earth research field around the world. The SCI 2020 impact factor for this journal is now at 3.097.

Papers for this special issue on Moon-based Earth Observation must present original, state‐of-the‐art research that contributes to the research of the theory and methodology or typical application of Moon-based Earth observation. This is an open call for papers. Selected quality papers from the International Workshop on Supporting Moon-based Earth observation will also be invited for submission. 

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Moon-based Earth observation site-selection and lunar environmental study
  • Observation models and methods for Moon-based Earth observation platform
  • Theory of parameters setting and optimization for Moon-based Earth observation sensors
  • Capability of the solid Earth dynamics, global change monitoring
  • Possibilities for new sensors and observation technology
  • Application of multi-sensors in large-scale geoscience phenomenon monitoring

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Submission Instructions

Submissions must follow the instructions to authors outlined on the Taylor & Francis web page for the International Journal of Digital Earth found at https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=tjde20. Word templates are available on the web site and papers are typically 5000–8000 words in length.

Papers should be submitted online at the International Journal of Digital Earth's ScholarOne site, from the journal homepage. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Please indicate the paper is submitted to Special Issue on “Moon-based Earth Observation”.

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