Call for submission of manuscripts: Special Issue of Coral

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Call for submission of manuscripts

Special Issue of Coral Reefs, on Remote Sensing of Coral Reefs Volume 23
of Coral Reefs will include a Special Issue entitled “Remote Sensing of
Coral Reefs.”

The aim of this thematic issue is to present and discuss the potential
of remote sensing data to increase the understanding of coral reef
processes at various temporal and spatial scales. Integration of remote
sensing data in coral reef studies is a very fast-moving domain, boosted
by multidisciplinary research, continuous technological development,
increased numbers of platforms, and increased availability of calibrated
digital data providing repetitive synoptic coverage. In many aspects,
remote sensing of reefs is still in its infancy and is still poorly used
for scientific/management purposes, despite its potential. Innovative
research suggests that space-borne, airborne, and shipborne passive or
active data can provide substantial input in numerous studies on reef
ecosystem processes such as: refining hydrodynamic models by
assimilation of remote sensing data; characterization of reef growth
patterns; assessment of the influence of climate/weather on reef growth
patterns; design and calibration/validation of bio-optical models;
biogeochemical budgets; assessment of biodiversity spatial patterns;
connection between land and reef changes; import and export of materials
via oceanic currents, rivers or sediment plumes; design of
bleaching/disease/turbidity risk maps; change detection; fusion of
active and passive data for high resolution 2D or 3D mapping;
optimization approach for mapping bottom types/bathymetry/water quality;
fusion of multi-scale data; and innovative spectral unmixing or
classification algorithms. These are some of the topics where remote
sensing combined with modeling are or in the near future will be key to
understanding processes between reefs, land, ocean, atmosphere, and
human communities.

Potential topics for this Special Issue are not limited to the above
subjects. A mapping exercise without significant methodological novelty
would not be considered except in the form of one- or two-page "Reef
Sites" communications for sites of particular interest where
schemes, accuracy assessment protocol, error matrix, and surface areas
of each class will be required. Reviews on an appropriate theme are also

The issue (approximately 100 pages) will be published as soon as 12
papers have been accepted; additional submissions will be considered for
publication in subsequent issues.

Papers should be submitted no later than the end of February 2003.
Papers should follow the guidelines for Coral Reefs and may be submitted
to either of the Guest Editors in pdf or regular format. To ensure a
speedy publication, manuscripts should be submitted as soon as possible
to compile the volume for a publication anticipated for 2004 in Vol. 23.

Prospective authors should first contact Guest Editor Serge Andréfouët
or Bernhard Riegl:
Dr. Serge Andréfouët
College of Marine Science, Institute for Marine Remote Sensing
University of South Florida
140 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tel: +1-727-553-3987/ +1-727-553-1186
Fax: +1-727-553-1103
Email: serge at

Dr. Bernhard Riegl
National Coral Reef Institute
Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Tel: +1-954-262-3671
Fax: +1-954-262-4027
Email: rieglb at

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