JSTARS Special Issue on Human settlement monitoring using multiple EO data

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth

Observations and Remote Sensing




Guest Editors: Paolo Gamba, Uwe Stilla, Carsten Juergens, Derya Maktav

Submission deadline: October 31, 2011

This special issue, which is scheduled for publication in the last quarter of 2012, follows the very successful series of the Joint Urban Remote Sensing Events (JURSE), held every two years since 2005. The possibility to jointly use optical and radar VHR data, as well as future hyperspectral sensors from airborne and spaceborne platforms, at the global level, open the path for more researches oriented to the analysis of these data for urban monitoring at different geographical scales. Additionally, there are new methodologies for VHR SAR data interpretation that exploit fundamental characteristics of the radar signal to improve the 3D representation of the urban landscape at a level never reached before. The use of LIDAR data has become widespread and applications exploiting laser scanning for change detection in urban areas have been exploited in recent disasters, such as the Haiti earthquake.

Papers are solicited on land cover/land use mapping using SAR and/or optical VHR data in urban areas, monitoring land use/cover and environmental changes in urban areas, change detection/feature extraction/data fusion for urban scene interpretation, human settlement monitoring and change modeling using remotely sensed data. Submissions are encouraged however in a broad range of algorithms which demonstrate substantive use of remote sensing sensors and techniques for human settlement mapping, monitoring and analyzing.

The IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS) is a quarterly publication of the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and the IEEE Committee on Earth Observations. Papers should address current issues and techniques in applied remote and in situ sensing, their integration, and applied modelling and information creation for understanding the Earth. Applications are for the Earth, oceans and atmosphere. Topics can include observations, derived information such as forecast data, simulated information, data assimilation and Earth information techniques to address science and engineering issues of the Earth system.


Prospective authors should submit their manuscripts electronically using the following web page:


Instructions for creating new user accounts, if necessary, are available on the login screen. Please indicate in your submission that the paper is intended for the Human Settlements Special Issue by selecting “Human Settlements J-STAR Special Issue” from the menu for manuscript type.

Inquiries concerning the Special Issue should be directed to the Lead Guest Editor:

Paolo Gamba

Department of Electronics, University of Pavia

Via Ferrata, 1, 27100 Pavia (Italy)

Phone: +39-0382-985781, Fax: +39-0382-422583

Email: paolo.gamba@unipv.it