This Special Issue of the journal Remote Sensing welcomes state-of-the-art research in remote sensing technology and applications of cold region ecosystems.

Submission deadline is 31 January 2022. 


Cold regions (including high-latitude and high-elevation landscapes) and areas of permafrost and glacial ice cover, are experiencing ecosystem changes caused by global warming. Remote sensing has become increasingly important for monitoring and understanding the patterns and mechanisms of change in cold region ecosystems where the frozen season is a significant constraint on eco-hydrological processes and functionings. Recent advances in remote sensing include the development of new sensors (multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal, microwave, SAR, and SIF), airborne platforms (UAVs), and big data analytics. These technologies provide many opportunities to quantify hydrological, ecological, and cryospheric variables with characterizing cold region ecosystems. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect state-of-the-art research in remote sensing technology and applications of cold region ecosystems. Studies using multi-scale and multi-component data (in-situ measurements, satellite observations, and modeling) are also welcome. Submissions on the following topics are invited (but not limited to):

  • Remote sensing of cold region ecosystems, including ecosystem productivity, phenology, greening/browning, evapotranspiration, and arctic species distribution;
  • Tundra vegetation ecology, boreal ecosystem ecology, boreal wetlands;
  • Land cover/land use change;
  • Disturbance and recovery of cold region ecosystems;
  • Landscape freeze/thaw status;
  • Remote sensing of snow/ice, permafrost;
  • Remote sensing of water bodies;
  • Glacial mass, movement, and melting;
  • Multiple scale monitoring (field/plot, landscape, regional) and bottom-up scaling;
  • Application of new algorithm, comparison/evaluation of methods.


Special Issue Editors

Dr. Youngwook Kim
Dr. Ranjeet John
Dr. Jennifer D. Watts

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

 Find more information about the Special Issue here

Submission deadline: 31 January 2022.

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Cover image by Natalia Kollegova.

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