Call for Papers – Special Issue on “Arctic and Northern Monitoring and Applications”

UPDATED December 3, 2018 – Submission deadline extended to 31 December 2018.

The international circumpolar Arctic and Northern regions are in need of assessment and monitoring for a broad variety of applications. It is an area of increased sensitivity and vulnerability to factors such as changes in climate, land, oceans, and the atmosphere. The use of Earth Observation (EO) imagery and data from various platforms and sensors is the only efficient and feasible way to get comprehensive information over such vast, remote, harsh and important environments, and to monitor change, understand processes and dynamics, and make predictions. This is essential across a wide array of national and international requirements, such as the environment, resource management, transportation and navigation, climate change, land cover / land use, forested and tundra ecosystems, carbon cycling and reporting, sea ice properties and dynamics, permafrost, glaciers, wildlife and species protection, atmosphere, monitoring greenhouse gases, water [including lakes, rivers, wetlands], snow, oceans, surveillance and security, land management, hazards such as wildfires, and more. To achieve these goals, innovation in analytics and processing of single-date, multi-temporal or time series of imagery from satellite, airborne, UAV and other platforms will also be needed, as well as from other data sources. This can include developments and use of algorithms, sensors [both active and passive], platforms [satellite, airborne, UAV, towers etc.], and also new approaches to proper field validation over a range of spatial scales, data types, and applications.

Arctic Monitoring and Applications is the theme of four special sessions on Earth Observation at the EUMETSAT Satellite Conference in Tallinn, Estonia 17 – 21 September 2018. This Special Issue is open to all presenting authors (oral and poster) from that conference, as well as any papers from others that are focused on the above Arctic and Northern topics. Any scientist(s) in these areas are invited to submit a manuscript for review and consideration. These should address pertinent issues in any country or jurisdiction(s) involving circumpolar Arctic and Northern regions.

A goal of the Special Issue is also to help move Arctic and Northern EO science to the next level through increased collaboration and partnerships, especially across diverse applications where synergies in investment and data sharing can be essential for optimising the delivery of key EO products. Accordingly, Arctic and Northern data policy and infrastructure as it relates to EO science and analytics is also of interest.


All manuscripts will be subjected to peer-review and standard publication fees. Research Papers, Review Papers, as well as Research Notes are all welcome and invited.

Manuscripts must be submitted via the CJRS-JCT ScholarOne Manuscripts website under the Arctic and Northern Monitoring and Applications Special Issue, at:

Electronic submissions must be submitted at the above address by 31 December 2018.

Targeted publication date will be 2019. Prospective authors must follow the regular guidelines of the CJRS-JCT available on the Taylor & Francis website at:

Regular charges by paper ($400 USD for a research or review paper, $300 USD for a research note) will apply for all published papers, as well as the standard peer-review process.


EUMETSAT Conference Session Organisers, Co-Chairs:

Bojan Bojkov, EUMETSAT – Darmstadt, Germany
Derek Peddle, University of Lethbridge – Lethbridge, AB., Canada

CJRS-JCT Editor-in-Chief: Monique Bernier, INRS – Québec City, QC, Canada

Guest Editors – CJRS-JCT Special Issue on Arctic and Northern Monitoring and Applications:

Aaron Berg University of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Bojan Bojkov EUMETSAT Darmstadt, Germany
Derek Peddle University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Desmond Power   C-CORE St. John’s, NL, Canada
Randall Scharien University of Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada
Johanna Tamminen Finnish Meteorological Institute Helsinki, Finland
Alexander Trishchenko CCRS, NRCan Ottawa, ON, Canada

We look forward to receiving submissions from EUMETSAT conference participants as well as any other scientists engaged in EO work in the circumpolar Arctic and Northern regions.