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SPEPS: High-definition topographic and geophysical data in geosciences

Progress in Earth and Planetary Science welcomes submissions to the SPEPS series on 'High-definition topographic and geophysical data in geosciences'.

Recent technological developments in high-definition, or high-resolution data collection of earth surface topography and geophysical properties have led to advances in measuring earth surface processes and dynamics. Accordingly, the theory, acquisition, processing, modeling and analysis of such high-definition data are progressing rapidly. Furthermore, there is increasing demand for well-documented datasets and open-source tools, which are crucial for further advances in geoscience and the instrumentation. With such advances, numerous solutions will be provided for issues in human geosciences, such as geomorphological or hydrological responses to environmental changes, tectonic or volcanic surface and subsurface deformations, submarine morphology and ecology, conservations for archaeological and cultural heritages, and more effective disaster controls.

In this SPEPS series, we invite authors to contribute innovative research or reviews on high-definition topographic and geophysical data. A suitable contribution would consider both the technical issues and geoscientific applications of high-definition topographic and geophysical data.

The approaches may include, but are not limited to laser scanning, SfM-MVS (structure-from-motion multi-view stereo) photogrammetry, GNSS (global navigation satellite system) positioning, SAR (synthetic aperture radar) interferometry, multi-beam sonar, geomagnetic and electromagnetic sensors, based on terrestrial (fixed or mobile), instrumentation or survey watercraft (unmanned or manned), submersible vehicles (unmanned underwater vehicle or manned), and aerial (unmanned or manned airborne) platforms.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • high-definition topography
  • unmanned aircraft system
  • laser scanning
  • bathymmetry
  • synthetic aperture radar

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Progress in Earth and Planetary Science. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Progress in Earth and Planetary Science submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct SPEPS series please select the appropriate 'thematic series' in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the SPEPS series on 'High-definition topographic and geophysical data in geosciences'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Open for submissions: 1 May, 2016
Deadline for submissions: 31 January, 2017


Associate Editors

Yuichi S. Hayakawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Thad A. Wasklewicz, East Carolina University, United States of America
Hiroyuki Obanawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Shigekazu Kusumoto, University of Toyama, Japan


Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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  • Progress in Earth and Planetary Science is affiliated with the Japan Geoscience Union.

    More information, including how to submit a paper and templates, is available at the Japan Geoscience Union's PEPS website.

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