Call for Papers – Urban Monitoring

EarthzineEarth Observation, Ecosystems Theme, Original, Themed Articles, Urban Monitoring Theme is soliciting articles of 800-3,000 words for its 3rd Quarter Theme Issue on Urban Monitoring. About half of the planet’s 6.6 billion people now live in urban areas, which occupy less than 3% of the land area. By the year 2025, the global population is expected to reach 8 billion, of which 5 billion are expected to reside in urban areas. Now is an opportune time to examine trends and developments in urban monitoring.

Analyzing the Resilience of Mediterranean Forest Systems to Wildfire Using Satellite Imagery

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Cropped image of a mixed forest in PortugalIn Portugal, the fire season of 2003 was the worst on record. Satellite imagery was used to study the post-fire vegetation response. The results contribute to our understanding of the impact of management strategies and can ultimately improve allocation of firefighting resources.

North Carolina Coastal Management: Satellite Monitoring of Coastal Wetland and Shoreline Changes in Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, North Carolina

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Normalized Digitized Vegetation Index image for portion of Tyrrell County showing green color as least vegetated; grey as greatest, red colors indicate intermediate levels of chlorophyll and Gold-colored outlines show NCDCM locations of wetlands.This article focuses on a NASA Applied Sciences National DEVELOP assistance to the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (NCDCM) with the assessment of coastline changes and habitat loss in coastal wetlands utilizing satellite remote sensing. The Hyde, Tyrrell, and Dare counties in eastern North Carolina occupy the coastlines of the Albemarle and Pamlico Sound estuaries. The Pamlico Sound is the largest estuarine lagoon along the East coast of the United States.

The Rationale behind the Biodiversity Information System for North Portugal: The Path for a Strategic and Collaborative Biodiversity Information System

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A photo showing the author turning over a cover crop of winter rye on Jan. 2, 2012. In three of the past six years, ground freeze-up, which historically occurred by November, has been delayed into January.

Portuguese flagThe Biodiversity Information and Monitoring System for Northern Portugal (SIMBioN) is a regional initiative in support of GEO and GEOSS that aims to harmonize processes; standardize data collection, systematization and flows; create a collaborative structure that promotes capacity building and normative support; and promotes organizational dynamics that allow information dissemination and help ensure the fulfillment of institutional, political and reporting commitments.

Radar Instrumentation for Operation Ice Bridge

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An artist's rendition of ICESat-I, launched in 2003. Credit: NASAUsing the latest technologies to take highly accurate measurements of the Earth’s ice sheets collected on expeditions to Greenland and Antarctica, scientists with NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge are currently working to improve the models polar scientists around the world rely on for predictions about the future of sea level rise. This article shows how these models will provide the science to enable establishment of realistic and effective climate change policies that will not only help to lessen the effect humans are having on the climate, but also prepare us for the changes that are already coming.

The Challenges Of Water And Climate In Asia

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cropped image of Arjun ThapanMr. Arjun Thapan is Special Senior Advisor to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) President for Infrastructure and Water. ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. In this opinion essay, he discusses Asia’s impending water crisis, exacerbated not just by the environmental consequences of economic and population growth, but now also by climate change.