SI Remote Sensing: Big Earth Data & Remote Sensing in Coastal Environments

Remote Sensing has launched  a Special Issue (SI) entitled “Big Earth Data and Remote Sensing in Coastal Environments“. Coastal environments are steadily subjected to natural and anthropogenic stresses such as hurricanes, floods, sea level rise and coastal development. Big Earth Data is a new frontier in earth and information sciences to study our living planet from excessive earth observations. This SI solicits papers highlighting its recent advancements with a focus on addressing various environmental problems by means of innovative data collection, processing, and analytical solutions in coastal zone.

We invite you to contribute a research paper or review More details about the Special Issue are available at This SI is also in alignment with the 12th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE’12) will be held in Salzburg, Austria, July 2021 ( Conference attendees publishing their full papers in this SI will receive 20% discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC). The submission deadline is on 31 October, 2021.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Cuizhen (Susan) Wang, Professor, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina;

Dr. Li Zhang, Professor, Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences;

Dr. Deepak Mishra, Professor & Associate Head, Department of Geography, University of Georgia;

AmeriGEO: Inter-American Academy – 2 training Opportunities

The Capacity Building community for AmeriGEO is proud to announce the first two training opportunities featured on the Inter-American Academy of Geosciences & Applications on behalf of a growing network of public and private institutions, academia, and commercial partners:

1) Flood Monitoring Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Data (Register Here)

2) Engaging with Indigenous Peoples (Register Here)

Full course details and guidance on how to register can be found in the attachments to this email. The Capacity Building community encourages you to explore the academy site and to disseminate this information amongst your community.

If you have any questions regarding the Academy, please contact the AmeriGEO Secretariat (

Special Sessions at European Geosciences Union Meeting!

Two sessions have been organized by World Water Quality Alliance and GEO AquaWatch members at the next European Geosciences Union (EGU) virtual General Assembly for your abstract submission. The [extended] deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2021, 13:00 CET.

SESSION 1: HS6.9: “From short-term detection to long-term projections: complementing water quality assessments by combining modelling and remote sensing”

This session focuses on regional and global water quality research where remote sensing and modelling are combined in order to complement a water quality assessment compared to one based on monitoring data only. This would cover studies such as on Covid-19 arising on short-term as well as long-time developments such as eutrophication. The following topics are of particular interest for this session:

  • Processing water quality data from remote sensing products across scales
  • Comparing near-real time remote sensing information with baseline
  • conditions obtained from modelling
  • Complementing results from modelling and remote sensing
  • Remote sensing facilitating water quality model development and modelling

For more information see:

Convener team: Martina Flörke (Ruhr-University Bochum), Ilona Bärlund (UFZ), Stefan Simis (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) and Ting Tang (IIASA)

 SESION 2: HS2.2.4: “Drivers and impacts of freshwater salinisation: from data to modelling approaches across spatio-temporal scales”

If you’re working on topics relating to freshwater salinisation – we are especially interested in research quantifying and predicting historic to future salinisation patterns, drivers and impacts at catchment to global scales, using both data and/or model-driven approaches – then please consider submitting to our session! Contributions including – but not limited to – any of the following topics are of particular interest for this session:

  • Surface water and groundwater interactions and its effects on salinity dynamics
  • Impacts of hydrological extremes and seasonality on salinity levels of freshwater resources
  • Human and hydro-climatic drivers of freshwater salinisation across different spatial and temporal scales
  • Implications of inland salinity for ecosystem health and sectoral water use
  • Applications of surface and/or groundwater in-situ and remote sensing data, and/or data-driven models to determine salinity concentrations across multiple scales
  • Global change (e.g. climate change, land use change) impacts on future freshwater salinisation
  • Assessment of management and adaptation measures to salinity changes

Our invited speaker is Miguel Cañedo-Argüelles Iglesias of Barcelona University. For more information see:

Convener team: Josefin Thorslund (Stockholm University), Martina Flörke (Ruhr-University Bochum), Sujay Kaushal and Michelle van Vliet (Utrecht University)

CEOS webinars – Analysis Ready Data/Synthetic Aperture Radar

Registration is required!

The LSI-VC series on CEOS Analysis Ready Data for Land (CARD4L) isscheduled for February 1-2, 2021.  The webinar series is being organised as a means to strengthen the dialogue between CEOS and the broader community on the topic of ARD (, and to explore what interfaces and cooperative activities are needed to increase data use, choice and flexibility for users.

 This second webinar will cover an introduction to the CARD4L specifications for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors, and provide some examples of actual uptake of CARD4L SAR products by the EO community, both public and private. The agenda will include significant time for discussion to promote dialogue between participants. Duration 75 minutes.

To accommodate participation at decent hours across most time zones the webinar will be repeated during two time slots 12 hours apart:

Time slot 1:

     February 1, 2021 (Mon): 15:00-AKST/ 16:00-PST / 19:00-EST / 21:00-ART

     February 2, 2021 (Tue): 08:00-CST / 09:00-JST / 11:00-AEDT

Time slot 2:

     February 2, 2021 (Tue): 07:00-EST / 09:00-ART / 12:00-UTC / 13:00-CET / 15:30-IST / 20:00-CST / 21:00-JST / 23:00-AEDT

 All are welcome to join. More information and a registration form can be found here. Connection details will be shared with all registered participants in due course. The CEOS ARD website has further background information and links to the CEOS ARD Strategy and CARD4L Product Family Specifications:

NASA ARSET Training: Hyperspectral Data for Land and Coastal Systems

Three consecutive short-courses building upon skills learned in prior lessons to complete this 4.5 hour long training.


Hyperspectral data presents a unique opportunity to characterize specific vegetation types and biogeochemical processes across the land and oceans. Applications of hyperspectral data include plant species identification, invasive species management, assessment of phytoplankton functional types, mapping of wetlands and shallow benthic communities, and detection of harmful algal blooms (HABs). The ability of hyperspectral data to characterize chemical, physiological, and morphological traits allows decision-makers to better understand critical components of ecosystem dynamics such as invasive species encroachment, forest decline and pest infestation, and ocean dynamics. This training is also an opportunity to build capacity in a large user community prior to the launch of the highly anticipated global hyperspectral SBG mission.



By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of hyperspectral data including benefits and limitations for land and coastal systems
  • Recall various satellite and airborne-based hyperspectral imagers
  • Relate past hyperspectral campaigns to future missions
  • Access hyperspectral data from multiple platforms
  • Illustrate uses of hyperspectral data for land assessments such as invasive species management, agricultural management, wildfire impacts, forest decline and pest infestation, and more
  • Illustrate uses of hyperspectral data for coastal and ocean applications such as coral reef assessments, mapping submerged aquatic vegetation, and identifying marine debris

Local, regional, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations involved in invasive species management, forest monitoring, coastal and ocean processes, and innovative remote sensing techniques.

  • Three one and a half hour sessions
  • One homework assignment via Google Forms
Overview of Hyperspectral Data
  • Introduction to hyperspectral data
  • Satellite and airborne-based hyperspectral imagers
  • Assessing and processing hyperspectral data
  • Q&A
Hyperspectral Data for Land Management
  • Applications of hyperspectral data for invasive species management, agricultural management, wildfire impacts, and forest decline and pest infestation
  • Case study examples
  • Q&A
Hyperspectral Data for Coastal and Ocean Systems
  • Use of hyperspectral imaging for wetland vegetation communities
  • Use of hyperspectral for coastal shallow-water ecosystems
  • Use of hyperspectral for marine debris
  • Case study examples
  • Q&A