SPECIAL ISSUE: Remote Sensing for Coral Reef Monitoring

We know a number of you work on coral reef related applications so we wanted to present this opportunity to take part in an important special issue to highlight your work in this area.

The purpose of this special issue is to demonstrate how remote sensing has moved to an operational tool in this context In recent years we have seen remote sensing applications in coral reef environments progress from a research tool for reef scientists and managers, to an operational monitoring tool. This has been aided by a number of factors, including advances in sensors, increased variety of platforms, reduction in data acquisition costs, public access to satellite image archives and processing capabilities, ease of access to image products, public contributions to data collection and analysis, and the ability to link field instruments and remotely sensed data.

The use of remotely sensed data for coral reef science and management is now common across multiple disciplines and applications, from geologists, to biologists, ecologists, engineers and natural resource managers. At the same time as these changes, the sensors, platforms and modes for distributing and viewing images and their products have all advanced, and are easier to access. Higher spatial resolution optical and active systems and on-line viewing, downloading and analysis of images, are now becoming common. In addition, modelling communities are now actively using remote sensing data as part of model-data assimilation approaches to force models of reefs and oceanographic conditions to match measured variables. However there is still substantial work required for accurate techniques to estimate and monitor primary productivity, condition and composition, to come close to our current capabilities applied in terrestrial systems.

Given all of these changes, and the time since our last significant review of coral reef remote sensing, we invite you to submit to this special issue on the following topics:

  • Measuring and modelling coral reef primary production and metabolism;

  • Measuring and mapping coral reef form, structure and resultant hydrodynamic processes;

  • Mapping reef composition from site to oceanic basin scales;

  • What is “coral reef condition” and how is it mapped and monitored?

  • Mapping from the high tide mark to the edge of the continental shelf;

  • The roles of instrument networks, citizen science and crowd sourced data collection and analysis;

  • Management, research and industry examples using remote sensing for coral reefs; and

  • New developments for integrating field and image based data set to scale-up estimates of coral reef biophysical properties.

The proposed timeline for submission, review and publication:

  • Submission of proposed title and abstracts:  30/04/2015

  • Notification of acceptance to write a paper to be considered:  15/05/2015

  • Papers due:  31/08/2015

  • Review process:  28/09/2015

  • Reviews - back to authors:  08/10/2015

  • Final revisions due back:  08/11/2015

  • Final revisions check:  24/11/2015

  • Begin publishing:  20/12/2015

See instructions for submission.  Please let Stuart Phinn or Chris Roelfsema know if you have any questions!

We look forward to reading your submissions!