Call for Papers: “Remote Sensing and Unmanned Aerial Systems”

Editors:   Tony H. Grubesic (

                Jake R. Nelson (


The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for remotely sensing urban, suburban, rural, and remote environments is experiencing tremendous growth. The popularity and wide-applicability of UAS is not only fueling the development of advanced UAS sensors, including multispectral, hyperspectral, and LiDAR, but also driving innovation and pragmatic problem-solving capabilities in many different domains.

Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Sciences is devoting a special issue to highlight research that makes theoretical, methodological, and application-oriented advances in UAS research for the built and/or natural environment. The SI will favor manuscripts that address substantive policy questions and challenges in urban and environmental policy.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Structure from motion (SfM) applications
  • Energy and the environment: solar, wind, and fossil energy evaluation and analysis
  • Urban planning and analysis
  • Smart cities and connected urban infrastructure
  • Coastal morphology, erosion, and sedimentology 
  • Wildlife monitoring
  • Environmental justice and the monitoring of amenities and disamenities
  • Analyzing the distribution of goods and services


Submission of manuscripts: Due July 1, 2021 (New Date!)

Publication: Last quarter of 2021

Manuscripts may be submitted here:

Author instructions: