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Home Call for Papers: Advances in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology and Applications

Call for Papers: Advances in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology and Applications

Guest Editor: Dr. Bruce K. Quirk        
UAS Liaison, U.S. Geological Survey
Email: Tel.: (703) 648-5736

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: March 1, 2014
Tentative publication date: January 1, 2015

The successful military application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technologies to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance has ignited the interest of the civil, commercial and academic remote sensing communities in the research and operational applications of these technologies.  Law enforcement, homeland security/border security, aerial mapping, arctic research, firefighting, flood monitoring, crop dusting, pollution monitoring, storm research, HAZMAT detection, search & rescue, volcanic research, pipeline monitoring, filmmaking, mining, farming, real-estate, wildlife monitoring, power line surveying, and damage assessment are some of the application areas being investigated.  Although the use of UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) faces several challenges, such as the privacy concern and how to meet aviation safety requirements, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been directed to create a plan that safely integrates UAS into the NAS by September 30, 2015.

This special issue of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS) will focus on UAS technologies, such as sensors, and the current and future applications of UAS by the civil, commercial and academic remote sensing communities.  Papers covering topics including, but not limited to, the following are invited for consideration:

•    Innovative applications of UAS technology in areas, such as emergency response, natural resource management, wildland fire, forest health, wildlife surveys, air quality, and agriculture/crop monitoring
•    Advances in UAS technology, such as sensors, especially for small UAS  
•    Data management approaches for these data including archiving, processing and dissemination
•    Integration with other in situ, aerial and satellite data
•    Creation of new informational products

All submissions will be peer-reviewed in line with PE&RS policy. Because of page limits, not all submissions recommended for acceptance by the review panel may be included in the special issue. Under this circumstance, the guest editors will select the most relevant papers for inclusion in the special issue. Papers that are reviewed favorably, but will not fit within the Special Issue, can be revised and submitted for review as a new paper to the PE&RS Editor-in-Chief for possible publication in a future regular issue of PE&RS.  Authors must prepare manuscripts according to the PE&RS Instructions to Authors, published in each issue of PE&RS and also available on the ASPRS web site at Instructions to Authors.

Important Dates:                
Manuscripts Due:                 3/1/14
Notification to Authors:      6/1/14
Final Papers Due:                 7/1/14
Publication:                          1/1/15

Please submit your manuscript by email directly to the Guest Editor:
Dr. Bruce Quirk
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 20192-0002, USA
Tel.: (703) 648-5736

Posted 9/13/13


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