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01 June 2021
Big Earth Data
Special Issue Editor(s)
Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Howard E. Epstein,
University of Virginia, USA
Remote Sensing Thematic Products and Their Application to Environmental Change in the Antarctic, Arctic, and Qinghai–Tibet Plateau
The Antarctic, Arctic, and the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau (QTP – the so-called Third Pole) have been experiencing unprecedented climate and environmental change. Most related research, however, has been conducted either on individual systems (such as the cryosphere, climate, hydrology, biogeoscience or ecosystems), or on individual regions, whereas integrated studies are essential to advancing our understanding on the potential links and interactions between the Earth’s three poles. Remote sensing is able to provide long-term observation data at a large scale and has great potential for advancing comprehensive investigations of the three poles.
Remote sensing thematic products include products that provide data on snowmelt, snow cover, glacier velocity and surface altitude change, land surface freeze/thaw status, sea-ice extent and concentration, vegetation indices, and aerosol optic depth. These products provide powerful spatial data that capture different scientific phenomena and can be used for conducting comparative studies of environmental change at the three poles. Therefore, this Special Issue seeks papers that describe integrated research on methods, algorithms, models, and quality control used in relation to remote sensing thematic products that are used in studies of environmental change at the three poles, as well as papers that describe the validation and applications of these data and descriptions of data-sharing. Papers related to the teleconnections, synchronization, and asynchronization between regions and/or multi-sphere (components) interaction are also invited. Studies include, but are not limited to, sea ice, Antarctic and Greenland icesheets and glaciers, as well as snow cover, permafrost and seasonal frozen ground, lake and river ice, vegetation and aerosols at the three poles. Authors are also encouraged to submit studies describing new methods or technologies, as well as reviews and future perspectives.
Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
High-quality and high-resolution remote sensing products related to glaciers, frozen soil, periglacial landforms, sea ice, river ice, lake ice, aerosols and vegetation at the three poles.
- methods, algorithms and models used to generate products
- quality control and the validation of products
- typical applications, such as comparisons and studies on interconnections
- new methods, techniques and applications related to the climate and environmental change of the three poles.
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