Call for contributions – Remote Sensing for SOC Mapping and Monitoring

The WORLDSOILS team is happy to invite you to submit a manuscript to a Special Issue Remote Sensing for Soil Organic Carbon Mapping and Monitoring of Remote Sensing journal.

Promising results based on space borne sensors have been obtained by merging two types of techniques in order to map SOC from both permanently vegetated areas and exposed soils:

  • for areas covered by permanent vegetation, Digital Soil Mapping (DSM) relying on empirical relationships between measured soil properties and spatially distributed co-variates, and
  • for exposed (mainly cropland) soils, imaging spectrometry based on chemometric techniques.

We welcome original manuscripts on the use of optical and thermal multi- or hyperspectral imagery for SOC mapping, as well as on the challenges involved in producing coherent SOC maps such as:

  • The compositing of the images in order to increase the coverage of satellite imagery
  • The transfer of spectral models from spectral libraries to the remote sensing signal
  • Dealing with mixed pixels and improved covariates for mapping soil properties in permanently vegetated areas.

Submission Information

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. Manuscripts should be submitted online by registering and logging at

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs).


hyperspectral satellites; imaging spectrometry; soil remote sensing; soil organic; carbon maps; natural climate solutions; multispectral satellite missions; spectral modelling; digital soil mapping.

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Prof. Dr. Bas van Wesemael; Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Université Catholique de Louvain-UCLouvain, Belgium.
  • Dr. Sabine Chabrillat; Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam, Germany.
  • Dr. Adrián Sanz Díaz; GMV, Madrid, Spain.
  • Dr. Michael Berger; European Space Agency, ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.

For any further information and assistance, please visit the Special Issue website or contact Special Issue Editors.

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