Special Issue "Vegetation Cover Changes from Satellite Data"

Vegetation cover is the most important indicator of ecosystem transformations and landscape history on local, regional, or global scales. The vegetation is one of the easily readable objects for optical remote sensing, as an active pigment keeper. The water content and density combinations of plant shoots and tree crowns open the possibility for SAR instruments analysis. The high-accuracy measurements and time-series stability of RS data are the basis for statistically correct estimations of transformations of vegetation cover. It is more important for hard-to-reach regions in Arctic, taiga, or arid zones, and in monitoring low-intensity changes. The species composition dynamics and plant biomass production are visual processes of ecosystem changes. Past and new disasters of vegetation cover (windfalls, fires, pasture grazing) affect biodiversity.

This Special Issue will accumulate original research on Vegetation Cover Changes at different levels of organization: from local communities to transition landscape zones of biomes. Careful research carried out at the local level can serve as a basis for other researchers to compare and validate their global conclusions. New algorithms for processing and measurement sensors for vegetation cover changes are also welcomed.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.


  • Vegetation dynamics as an indicator of global ecosystem transformations
  • Climate effects in transition vegetation zones
  • Ecological gradients in vegetation cover formation
  • Anthropogenic and native disturbances of vegetation cover
  • New algorithms and sensors for vegetation cover analysis
  • Vegetation cover mapping


Dr. Vladimir Valerievich Elsakov 

Guest Editor
Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IB FRC Komi SC UB RAS), Syktyvkar, Russian