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Science and Applications of Coastal Remote Sensing

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It cannot be understated how vital coastal waters are to life on Earth. Regions where land and sea come together play a critical role in global biogeochemical cycles; in shaping and sustaining marine and terrestrial ecosystems; and in supporting the economy, health and safety of the majority of the world’s ...

It cannot be understated how vital coastal waters are to life on Earth. Regions where land and sea come together play a critical role in global biogeochemical cycles; in shaping and sustaining marine and terrestrial ecosystems; and in supporting the economy, health and safety of the majority of the world’s population. However, the global vulnerability of these vital resources to increasing anthropogenic pressures including climate change has heightened need for their study.

Remote sensing is a critical tool for the observation of these systems on commensurate spatial scales. This Research Topic looks at coastal applications of remote sensing for scientific research and applications, along with the challenges associated with acquiring and using these data. This non-exhaustively includes observations of water column constituents (e.g., phytoplankton pigments, species composition, suspended organic and inorganic particles); sea surface temperature (SST) and sea surface height (SSH); watershed evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and land cover/land use; wetland emergent vegetation, submerged aquatic vegetation, and coral reefs. Existing and planned remote sensing instruments, with a variety of spectral, spatial, temporal, and radiometric ranges and resolution, are offering new views on coastal systems. Articles in this Topic explore the latest interdisciplinary research, and consider how this technology can guide future development and utilization of coastal aquatic remote sensing resources (in situ, airborne, and satellite) and better inform public policy.

IN MEMORIAL: This Research Topic is dedicated to our co-editor Dr. Tiffany Moisan, a well-regarded ocean color remote sensing scientist, who unexpectedly passed away during its preparation. Dr. Moisan was a dear friend, and upbeat and enthusiastic colleague and a scientist committed to the use of remote sensing to improve our understanding of marine microbiology and phytoplankton ecology. She was a strong supporter of the development of remote sensing capabilities and applications for coastal and inland waters, and we know that she would have wanted this Research Topic to provide her colleagues an opportunity to share and promote their work in this area. A voice in our community is now quiet. Let the chorus of our shared song continue with her memory. Dr. Tiffany Moisan is survived by her loving family, including her husband, Dr. John Moisan and her two daughters.


Keywords: Remote Sensing, Coastal, Littoral, Estruarine, Palustrine, Watershed, Sea-level Rise, Climate Change, Human Impacts, Fisheries


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