Remote sensing for coastal ecosystem monitoring and management

Call for content for Special Issue

Coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves, salt marshes, corals and seagrasses, provide substantial benefits to humanity, yet are under ever-increasing threat of degradation and disappearance from a combination of land use and climate change (such as sea level rise, drought and storm intensity). With about 10% of the global human population living in the vulnerable low-elevation coastal zone, mitigation and management of threats to coastal ecosystems is high on the climate change resilience agenda.

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A drone over coastal saltmarsh in Hastings, Victoria, Australia, Paul Carnell

Over the past decades, remote sensing techniques have enabled monitoring of coastal ecosystem functioning, threats and opportunities for improved management of these often-inaccessible systems. The aim of this special issue is to synthesize novel and emerging remote sensing approaches to coastal ecosystem monitoring with direct management and policy application. We particularly invite papers applying remote sensing approaches to coastal zone planning decision-making, biodiversity monitoring and innovative approaches to carbon emissions reduction assessment (ecosystem rehabilitation and avoided degradation and clearing). In addition, we seek submissions addressing novel contributions to seagrass ecosystem monitoring.

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Multispectral satellite imagery over the Ruvuma Estuary, Tanzania, USGS/NASA Landsat archive / Clare Duncan

High-quality submissions will be considered on a case-to-case basis for a full fee waiver, where authors are unable to pay the Article Processing Fee.

Guest Editors: Clare Duncan, Deakin University, and Temilola Fatoyinbo, NASA.

Submission deadline: 30 March 2018

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