CNR ISPC Special Issue of “Applied Sciences” by MDPI on geo-processing of historical aerial images

Now online the Special Issue “Geo-Processing of Historical Aerial Images”, directed by Fabio Remondino (Bruno Kessler Foundation), Gianluca Cantoro (CNR ISPC), Thomas Dewez (BRGM, French Geological Survey) and Elisa Mariarosaria Farella (Bruno Kessler Foundation), within the open access Journal Applied Sciences by MDPI.

In recent years, the availability of digitized historical aerial images has increased as many national archives or mapping agencies have started large scanning and archiving processes. Such historical datasets are a unique and quite unexplored means to map territorial changes and chronicle land-cover information over the past 100 years, with very high spatial and temporal resolutions. From these image datasets, 3D information can also be retrieved since many surveys were performed under photogrammetric (stereo) conditions. Long-term/multitemporal environmental monitoring, change analyses, or historical object detection can be based on processing these very rich time series of images.

The Special Issue aims to raise awareness and understanding of the recent activities related to digitization (i.e., scanning), processing, and dissemination of historical aerial images (among others). The Special Issue stems from the successful 2nd EuroSDR workshop on the geoprocessing and archiving of historical aerial images which was held in Rome in December 2022.

The Special Issue is seeking high-quality papers reporting progress, best practices, reviews, guidelines, and innovative solutions related to such rich patrimony. In particular, the following topics should be addressed in the proposed submissions:

  • Best practices in scanning/digitization of historical aerial images;
  • Georeferencing processes;
  • Multitemporal analyses;
  • Change detection;
  • AI methods applied to historical images;
  • National scale processes;
  • Web access and sharing of digitized heritage contents.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023