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Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Drought Monitoring"-Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Drought is a complex and recurring natural disaster that occurs throughout the world and often has negative impacts on many sectors of society. Drought monitoring is challenging given the complex spatio-temporal dimensions of drought and its severity. Traditionally, drought monitoring has relied mainly upon climate-based indicators and indices such as the Standardized Precipitation Index and the Palmer Drought Severity Index. These climate-based indicators have proven useful for many applications. However, the spatial variability in drought conditions depicted in the associated maps are at a relatively broad scale, and often contain limited information about local-scale variations in drought severity across the landscape. In addition, climate-based drought indices maps may have a limited value because they provide a generalized spatial view of drought conditions and variations across large areas. Thus, improved and effective drought monitoring approaches are critical for supporting early warning systems and pro-active drought planning.

In the past few decades, satellite-based remote sensing has provided relatively high spatial resolution (i.e., local to synoptic scale) and high temporal resolution (i.e., hours to days) observations of the Earth. Remotely sensed imagery provides spatial continuous spectral measures across large areas that reflect both atmospheric and land surface characteristics. As a result, remote sensing data has been increasingly used for large-area drought monitoring.

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.


  • Drought monitoring and prediction
  • Hybrid drought indices
  • Satellite-derived Climate data
  • Vegetation monitoring
  • Satellite-derived Evapotranspiration
  • Soil moisture and groundwater estimation
  • Drought impact and Food security

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