Call for Proposals: Active Remote Sensing for Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation

Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Ecology & Journal of Applied Ecology are seeking manuscript proposals for the new cross-journal Special Feature ‘Active Remote Sensing for Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation’. Proposals should be submitted via the online form below by 30 December. If your proposal is accepted, your manuscript must be submitted by 1 May 2022.

Editors: Carlos Alberto Silva, Hooman Latifi, Sassan Saatchi, Eben Broadbent, Ruben Valbuena, Carine Klauberg

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) are amongst the remote sensing techniques that provide 3D representations of the Earth’s surface, including terrain and vegetation structure, supplying invaluable sources of information for analysis of ecosystem properties. The ecological application of LiDAR began with discrete-return point cloud data from airborne sensors at the start of this century and rapidly evolved to higher structural details of full-waveform aerial and terrestrial laser scanning and space-borne observations. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery also started providing global observations of surface topography and vegetation structure in the past few decades.

While methods developed for ecological applications are mostly focused on solving local scale problems, ecosystem-scale studies of forest structure, function, and diversity have significantly advanced with the ever increasing availability of space-borne LiDAR and RADAR observations, which has also led to advancements in data fusion and assimilation algorithms. The applications of these new observations have extended to a wide range of forest management, conservation, and ecological processes, for example wildlife management and modelling ecological niches and habitats with the use of essential biodiversity variables (EBVs).

Scope of the Special Feature

This Special Feature aims to host a series of papers focusing on the state-of-the-art science and applications of LiDAR and RADAR techniques for ecology, biodiversity and conservation. We particularly welcome studies that include multi-source data fusion, upscaling processes from local to regional scales, as well as integrating airborne and space-borne datasets that can advance the application of several new and upcoming space-borne observations (e.g. NASA’s GEDI, ICESAT-2(ATLAS), NASA/ISRO’s NISAR, ESA’s BIOMASS, JAXA’s MOLI and ALOS-4/PALSAR-3). We particularly welcome well-founded reviews, Applications papers as well case studies conducted within a broad range of ecosystems and biomes. This is an open call for initial proposals from interested authors. Please find below information on the scope of the participating journals, and submit your proposal by 30 December 2021.

If you have any questions about this Special Feature, please contact the Lead Editors Dr. Carlos Alberto Silva ( and Dr. Hooman Latifi (

Methods in Ecology and Evolution

MEE promotes the development of new methods, frameworks and tools for multi-sensor remote sensing data processing and analysis in ecology and evolution and facilitates their dissemination and uptake by the research community globally.

For this Special Feature we are looking for contributions that:

  • Propose new methods and/or tools for remote sensing data processing and analysis in ecology, forestry and environmental monitoring.
  • Use synergies among sensor (LiDAR, radar, optical) and platforms (airborne, terrestrial, and space-borne) in ecology
  • Assess, critique, improve and/or expand on existing methods and/or for using multi-source remote sensing data
  • Review methodological challenges for big remote sensing data processing and analysis and discuss how we can account for these issues

Herein, we will consider Research, Review, Applications and Practical Tools article types.

Journal of Animal Ecology

JAE promotes animal ecology research that develops, tests and advances broad ecological principles. For this Special Feature we are looking for contributions that:

  • Propose new methods and/or tools for remote sensing data processing and analysis in animal ecology.
  • Use remote sensing data and advanced statistics methods to model, map and assess animal habitat quality
  • Synergize active remote sensing data and methods for animal tracking and monitoring animal movement
  • Present methods, applications and reviews on quantification of ecological niches and habitats.

Journal of Animal Ecology will consider Research, Review, Long Term Studies, How to, and Concepts article types.

Journal of Ecology

Journal of Ecology publishes original research papers on all aspects of the ecology of plants (including algae), in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. For this Special Feature we are looking for contributions that use natural history collections, especially herbaria and seed collections, to address ecological concepts. For this Special Feature we are looking for contributions that:

  • Study the effects on plant-herbivore and plant-pathogen interactions using methods integrating structural information extracted from active remote sensing data
  • Use active remote sensing to estimate plant functional traits and ecosystem properties
  • Apply active remote sensing data and methods to study biogeography and invasion/migration/extinction patterns

Journal of Applied Ecology

Journal of Applied Ecology publishes novel, broad-reaching and high-impact papers on the interface between ecological science and the management of biological resources. The journal includes all major themes in applied ecology, such as conservation biology, global change, environmental pollution, wildlife and habitat management, land use and management, aquatic resources, restoration ecology, and the management of pests, weeds and disease.

For this Special Feature we are looking for contributions that:

  • Apply active remote sensing data in conservation biology
  • Apply active remote sensing data to assess the impacts of global change, pollution and degradation on ecological processes
  • Focus on applied data processing and modeling to assess the feasibility of active remote sensing data sources for local- and regional vegetation assessments
  • Apply active remote sensing data and methods for restoration ecology and management of biological resources

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