Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing commonly referred to as PE&RS, is the official journal for imaging and geospatial information science and technology. Included in the journal on a regular basis are a Highlight Article the popular columns “Grids & Datums” and “Mapping Matters” and peer reviewed scientific papers.

Optical Polarization Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry

The Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS) is seeking submissions for special issue on optical polarization remote sensing.

Light is an electromagnetic wave vector and its wave equation of scalar propagation has four basic parameters: amplitude, frequency, phase and polarization. The polarization signal is usually ignored, and the remaining three parameters provide the physical basis of the four major resolutions (radiometric, spectral, spatial and temporal) of optical remote sensing. Nevertheless, polarization, which refers to the asymmetry of the light vibration, provides key information for studying the properties of materials.

More than 30 years of work has resulted in a science of polarization remote sensing (PolRS).  PolRS includes the underlying physical theories, measurement instruments, including precision detection technology, and analytical approaches for studying polarization in imagery.  The general conclusion of this research is that including the polarization signal in optical remote sensing images (such as hyperspectral or infrared images) can increase the contrast ratio by 2–3 orders of magnitude for mapping snow and ice, water quality, environmental pollution, rock density and roughness, oil spills, vegetation biomass, air pollution particle detection and atmospheric attenuation applications. Thus, PolRS offers a unique detection capability.

This special issue seeks papers on all aspects of optical polarization remote sensing science and technology, including theory, technology and applications.

How to Submit your Manuscript

All submissions will be peer reviewed according to the Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS) guidelines. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published or be under review elsewhere.

Prospective authors should consult the PE&RS Instructions for Authors on the journal homepage for guidelines and information on paper formatting and submission.

Authors should submit manuscripts using the PE&RS manuscript central system at Please choose 'PE&RS Special Issue Paper' from the 'Manuscript Type' picklist on the submission form, irrespective of the paper type (i.e. even if your paper would normally be classified as a Research Letter, Tech Note, Research Paper, or Review Article). Also, please enter “Polarization” in the space provided on the submission form for the name of the special issue.

Should you have any submission questions, please  contact us.

Important Dates

Deadline for the submission of contributions:  20 March, 2020
Expected print publication date:  Late 2020
Articles will be available online after acceptance, final technical review and the completion of revisions for compliance with journal format. However, the paper copy of the special issue will be published only when all papers are accepted.

If you have any specific questions about the special issue, please contact the editorial team listed below.

Editorial information

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