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Heat and Mass Transfer in Building Energy Performance Assessment

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ISBN: 9783039219261 9783039219278 Year: Pages: 122 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-927-8 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering --- Materials
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The building industry is influenced by many factors and trends reflecting the current situation and developments in social, economic, technical, and scientific fields. One of the most important trends seeks to minimize the energy demand. This can be achieved by promoting the construction of buildings with better thermal insulating capabilities of their envelopes and better efficiency in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Any credible assessment of building energy performance includes the identification and simulation of heat and mass transfer phenomena in both the building envelope and the interior of the building. As the interaction between design elements, climate change, user behavior, heating effectiveness, ventilation, air conditioning systems, and lighting is not straightforward, the assessment procedure can present a complex and challenging task. The simulations should then involve all factors affecting the energy performance of the building in questions. However, the appropriate choice of physical model of heat and mass transfer for different building elements is not the only factor affecting the output of building energy simulations. The accuracy of the material parameters applied in the models as input data is another potential source of uncertainty. For instance, neglecting the dependence of hygric and thermal parameters on moisture content may affect the energy assessment in a significant way. Boundary conditions in the form of weather data sets represent yet another crucial factor determining the uncertainty of the outputs. In light of recent trends in climate change, this topic is vitally important. This Special Issue aims at providing recent developments in laboratory analyses, computational modeling, and in situ measurements related to the assessment of building energy performance based on the proper identification of heat and mass transfer processes in building structures.

Remote Sensing of Environmental Changes in Cold Regions

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ISBN: 9783039215706 9783039215713 Year: Pages: 210 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-571-3 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General)
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This Special Issue gathers papers reporting recent advances in the remote sensing of cold regions. It includes contributions presenting improvements in modeling microwave emissions from snow, assessment of satellite-based sea ice concentration products, satellite monitoring of ice jam and glacier lake outburst floods, satellite mapping of snow depth and soil freeze/thaw states, near-nadir interferometric imaging of surface water bodies, and remote sensing-based assessment of high arctic lake environment and vegetation recovery from wildfire disturbances in Alaska. A comprehensive review is presented to summarize the achievements, challenges, and opportunities of cold land remote sensing.

Recent Advances in GPR Imaging

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ISBN: 9783039218103 9783039218110 Year: Pages: 216 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-811-0 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Physics (General) --- Geophysics and Geomagnetism
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The Special Issue (SI) “Recent Advances in GPR Imaging” offers an up-to-date overview of state-of-the-art research activities dealing with the development of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology and its recent advances in imaging in the different fields of application. In fact, the advances experimented with over the last few decades with regard to the appearance of new GPR systems and the need to manage large amounts of data suggest an increasing interest in the development of new signal processing algorithms and modeling, as well as in the use of three-dimensional (3D) imaging techniques.

ASTER 20th Anniversary

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ISBN: 9783039286843 / 9783039286850 Year: Pages: 284 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-685-0 Language: eng
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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The Advanced Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is a research facility instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft. We celebrated the 20th anniversary of ASTER’s launch in December 1999. ASTER has been providing high spatial resolution multispectral data in the VNIR, SWIR, and TIR regions, and along-track stereo data. Starting April 2016, ASTER data have been distributed to the public at no cost. Another important and the most popular data set is the ASTER Global DEM, which covers almost the entire land surface at a 30 m grid size. ASTER data have been widely used in a variety of application areas such as land surface mapping and change detection, volcano and other natural hazard monitoring, mineral exploration, and urban heat island monitoring. This Special Issue consists of 12 papers (2 reviews, 9 articles, and 1 technical note) and covers topics including development of new techniques to process ASTER data, calibration activities to ensure long-term consistency of ASTER data, validation of the ASTER data products, and scientific achievements using ASTER data.

Marine Geomorphometry

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ISBN: 9783038979548 9783038979555 Year: Pages: 400 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-955-5 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Geomorphometry is the science of quantitative terrain characterization and analysis, and has traditionally focused on the investigation of terrestrial and planetary landscapes. However, applications of marine geomorphometry have now moved beyond the simple adoption of techniques developed for terrestrial studies, driven by the rise in the acquisition of high-resolution seafloor data and by the availability of user-friendly spatial analytical tools. Considering that the seafloor represents 71% of the surface of our planet, this is an important step towards understanding the Earth in its entirety.This volume is the first one dedicated to marine applications of geomorphometry. It showcases studies addressing the five steps of geomorphometry: sampling a surface (e.g., the seafloor), generating a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from samples, preprocessing the DTM for subsequent analyses (e.g., correcting for errors and artifacts), deriving terrain attributes and/or extracting terrain features from the DTM, and using and explaining those terrain attributes and features in a given context. Throughout these studies, authors address a range of challenges and issues associated with applying geomorphometric techniques to the complex marine environment, including issues related to spatial scale, data quality, and linking seafloor topography with physical, geological, biological, and ecological processes. As marine geomorphometry becomes increasingly recognized as a sub-discipline of geomorphometry, this volume brings together a collection of research articles that reflect the types of studies that are helping to chart the course for the future of marine geomorphometry.

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bedforms --- forage fish --- Pacific sand lance --- sediment habitats --- bathymetry --- currents --- seabed mapping --- marine geology --- submarine topography --- marine geomorphology --- terrain analysis --- multibeam echosounder --- bathymetry --- DEM --- satellite imagery --- multi beam echosounder --- filter --- geomorphology --- coral reefs --- Acoustic applications --- object segmentation --- seafloor --- underwater acoustics --- Cretaceous --- Cenomanian–Turonian --- paleobathymetry --- paleoclimate --- paleoceanography --- reconstruction --- simulation --- shelf-slope-rise --- geomorphometry --- GIS --- spatial scale --- spatial analysis --- terrain analysis --- seafloor geomorphometry --- domes --- volcanoes --- digital elevation models (DEMs) --- Canary Basin --- Atlantic Ocean --- cold-water coral --- carbonate mound --- habitat mapping --- spatial prediction --- image segmentation --- geographic object-based image analysis --- random forest --- accuracy --- confidence --- global bathymetry --- Seabed 2030 --- Nippon Foundation/GEBCO --- seafloor mapping technologies --- seafloor mapping standards and protocols --- benthic habitats --- shelf morphology --- eastern Brazilian shelf --- geomorphometry --- terrain analysis --- bathymetry --- surface roughness --- benthic habitat mapping --- python --- geomorphology --- submerged glacial bedforms --- deglaciation --- sedimentation --- multibeam --- acoustic-seismic profiling --- swath geometry --- multibeam spatial resolution --- integration artefacts --- Multibeam bathymetry --- benthic habitat mapping --- multiscale --- Random Forests --- pockmarks --- automated-mapping --- ArcGIS --- Glaciated Margin --- North Sea --- Malin Basin --- Barents Sea --- bathymetry --- thalwegs --- canyons --- Alaska --- Bering Sea --- multibeam sonar --- carbonate banks --- semi-automated mapping --- polychaete --- Northwestern Australia --- Oceanic Shoals Australian Marine Park --- Bonaparte Basin --- Timor Sea --- bathymetry --- digital terrain analysis --- geomorphometry --- geomorphology --- habitat mapping --- marine remote sensing

Physiological Responses to Abiotic and Biotic Stress in Forest Trees

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ISBN: 9783039215140 9783039215157 Year: Pages: 294 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-515-7 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering --- Environmental Engineering
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As sessile organisms, plants have to cope with a multitude of natural and anthropogenic forms of stress in their environment. Due to their longevity, this is of particular significance for trees. As a consequence, trees develop an orchestra of resilience and resistance mechanisms to biotic and abiotic stresses in order to support their growth and development in a constantly changing atmospheric and pedospheric environment. The objective of this Special Issue of Forests is to summarize state-of-art knowledge and report the current progress on the processes that determine the resilience and resistance of trees from different zonobiomes as well as all forms of biotic and abiotic stress from the molecular to the whole tree level.

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drought --- mid-term --- non-structural carbohydrate --- soluble sugar --- starch --- Pinus massoniana --- salinity --- Carpinus betulus --- morphological indices --- gas exchange --- osmotic adjustment substances --- antioxidant enzyme activity --- ion relationships --- Populus simonii Carr. (poplar) --- intrinsic water-use efficiency --- tree rings --- basal area increment --- long-term drought --- hydrophilic polymers --- Stockosorb --- Luquasorb --- Konjac glucomannan --- photosynthesis --- ion relation --- Fagus sylvatica L. --- Abies alba Mill. --- N nutrition --- mixed stands --- pure stands --- soil N --- water relations --- 24-epiBL application --- salt stress --- ion contents --- chloroplast ultrastructure --- photosynthesis --- Robinia pseudoacacia L. --- elevation gradient --- forest type --- growth --- leaf properties --- Pinus koraiensis Sieb. et Zucc. --- Heterobasidion parviporum --- Heterobasidion annosum --- Norway spruce --- disturbance --- water availability --- pathogen --- infection --- Carpinus turczaninowii --- salinity treatments --- ecophysiology --- photosynthetic responses --- organic osmolytes --- ion homeostasis --- antioxidant enzymes --- glutaredoxin --- subcellular localization --- expression --- tapping panel dryness --- defense response --- rubber tree --- Ca2+ signal --- drought stress --- living cell --- Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) --- plasma membrane Ca2+ channels --- signal network --- Aleppo pine --- Greece --- photosynthesis --- water potential --- ?13C --- sap flow --- canopy conductance --- climate --- molecular cloning --- functional analysis --- TCP --- DELLA --- GA-signaling pathway --- Fraxinus mandshurica Rupr. --- wood formation --- abiotic stress --- nutrition --- gene regulation --- tree --- bamboo forest --- cold stress --- physiological response --- silicon fertilization --- plant tolerance --- reactive oxygen species --- antioxidant activity --- proline --- Populus euphratica --- salt stress --- salicylic acid --- malondialdehyde --- differentially expressed genes --- n/a

The Future of Hyperspectral Imaging

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ISBN: 9783039218226 9783039218233 Year: Pages: 220 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-823-3 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General)
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hyperspectral imaging --- Raman --- fluorescence --- sorting --- quality control --- black polymers --- PZT --- classification --- machine learning --- alternating direction method of multipliers --- Cramer–Rao lower bound --- forward observation model --- linear mixture model --- maximum likelihood --- multiband image fusion --- total variation --- fingerprints --- blood detection --- age determination --- hyperspectral imaging --- lossless compression --- multitemporal hyperspectral images --- information theoretic analysis --- predictive coding --- hyperspectral imaging --- plant phenotyping --- disease detection --- spectral tracking --- time series --- hyperspectral imaging --- principal component analysis --- oxygen saturation --- wound healing --- diabetic foot ulcer --- Raman spectroscopy --- chemical imaging --- compressive detection --- spatial light modulators (SLM) --- digital micromirror device (DMD) --- digital light processor (DLP) --- optimal binary filters --- Chemometrics --- multivariate data analysis --- compressive sensing --- hyperspectral imaging --- multiplexing system --- liquid crystal --- three-dimensional imaging --- integral imaging --- remote sensing --- point target detection --- CS-MUSI --- hyperspectral --- video --- imaging --- coastal dynamics --- moving vehicle imaging --- bi-directional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) --- hemispherical conical reflectance factor (HCRF) --- stereo imaging --- digital elevation model --- Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research (VCR LTER) --- Hyperspectral imaging --- painting samples --- retouching pigments --- watercolours --- multivariate analysis --- potatoes --- sprouting --- primordial leaf count --- hyperspectral imaging --- spectroscopy --- fusion --- wavelength selection --- PLSR --- interval partial least squares --- deep learning --- hyperspectral imaging --- neural networks --- machine learning --- image processing --- hyperspectral imaging --- medical imaging by HSI --- HSI for biology --- remote sensing --- hyperspectral microscopy --- fluorescence hyperspectral imaging --- Raman hyperspectral imaging --- infrared hyperspectral imaging --- statistical methods for HSI --- hyperspectral data mining and compression --- statistical methods for HSI --- hyperspectral data mining and compression

Tropical Forest Ecology and Management for the Anthropocene

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ISBN: 9783039219643 9783039219650 Year: Pages: 242 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-965-0 Language: English
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This Special Issue looks forward as well as backward to best analyze the forest conservation challenges of the Caribbean. This is made possible by 75 years of research and applications by the United States Department of Agriculture, International Institute of Tropical Forestry (the Institute) of Puerto Rico. It transforms Holocene-based scientific paradigms of the tropics into Anthropocene applications and outlooks of wilderness, managed forests, and urban environments. This volume showcases how the focus of the Institute’s programs is evolving to support sustainable tropical forest conservation despite uncertain conditions. The manuscripts showcased here highlight the importance of shared stewardship and a long-term, hands-on approach to conservation, research programs, and novel organizations intended to meet contemporary conservation challenges. Policies relevant to the Anthropocene, as well as the use of experiments to anticipate future responses of tropical forests to global warming, are reexamined in these pages. Urban topics include how cities can co-produce new knowledge to spark sustainable and resilient transformations. Long-term results and research applications of topics such as soil biota, migratory birds, tropical vegetation, substrate chemistry, and the tropical carbon cycle are also described in the volume. Moreover, the question of how to best use land on a tropical island is addressed. This volume is intended to be of interest to all actors involved in long-term sustainable forest management and research in light of the historical lessons and future directions that may come out of a better understanding of tropical cities and forests in the Anthropocene epoch.

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Anthropocene --- Forest Service --- vision --- contemporary conservation --- biomass --- allometry --- volume expansion factors --- soil organic carbon --- tropical forest area --- forest inventory data --- novel forests --- tree plantations --- secondary forests --- mature forests --- dry tropical forests --- humid tropical forests --- tropical deforestation --- annual cycle --- carry over effects --- climate change --- Guánica --- Nearctic-Neotropical --- novel forests --- stoichiometry of leaf litter --- nitrogen fixing trees --- naturalized species --- C/N --- C/P --- and N/P ratios --- Puerto Rico --- Caribbean --- element concentration in leaf litter --- succession --- species dominance --- tropical forests --- invertebrates --- microbiota --- soil biota --- litter --- wood --- latitude --- elevation --- disturbance --- gradients --- tropical karst --- element concentration --- N/P ratios --- Ca/Al relationship --- ?13C --- ?15N --- knowledge co-production --- idiom of co-production --- knowledge infrastructures --- knowledge systems --- knowledge systems analysis --- cities --- land use governance --- Anthropocene --- disturbance --- hurricane --- succession --- long-term --- basal area --- species composition --- trees --- tropical --- Luquillo Experimental Forest --- Caribbean --- land use planning --- tropical agriculture --- tropical forests --- geospatial analyses --- n/a --- landscape conservation --- network governance --- strategic teams --- communications --- leadership --- adaptive management --- tropical forest --- Anthropocene --- U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule --- El Yunque National Forest --- Luquillo Experimental Forest --- introduced species --- leaf C and N densities --- novel forests --- photosynthetic nitrogen use-efficiency --- leaf mass per area --- Tropical Forestry Research --- Long-Term Ecological Research --- Tropical Forest Management --- Tropical Forest Conservation --- Luquillo Experimental Forest --- tropical --- experiments --- manipulations --- large-scale --- Puerto Rico --- Caribbean --- conservation --- American tropics --- long-term ecological research --- tropical forest management --- Anthropocene --- Puerto Rico

Remote Sensing for Target Object Detection and Identification

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ISBN: 9783039283323 9783039283330 Year: Pages: 336 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-333-0 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Geography
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Target object detection and identification are among the primary uses for a remote sensing system. This is crucial in several fields, including environmental and urban monitoring, hazard and disaster management, and defense and military. In recent years, these analyses have used the tremendous amount of data acquired by sensors mounted on satellite, airborne, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms. This book promotes papers exploiting different remote sensing data for target object detection and identification, such as synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging and multispectral and hyperspectral imaging. Several cutting-edge contributions, which provide examples of how to select of a technology or another depending on the specific application, will be detailed.

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anomaly detection --- hyperspectral imagery --- low-rank representation --- dictionary construction --- HSI reconstruction --- sparse coding --- adaptive weighting --- infrared small target detection --- local prior analysis --- nonconvex tensor robust principle component analysis --- partial sum of the tensor nuclear norm --- low rank sparse decomposition --- Lp-norm constraint --- non-convex optimization --- alternating direction method of multipliers --- infrared small target detection --- convolutional neural networks (CNNs) --- object detection --- remote sensing images --- contextual information --- part-based --- multi-model --- very-high-resolution (VHR) remote sensing imagery --- object detection --- multi-scale pyramidal features --- multi-scale strategies --- oil tank detection --- unsupervised saliency model --- Color Markov Chain --- bottom-up and top-down --- hazard prevention --- flood hazard --- hidden danger identification --- tower failure --- vehicle detection --- object matching --- superpixel segmentation --- unmanned aerial vehicle --- remote sensing imagery --- thermal infrared target tracking --- semantic features --- mask sparse representation --- particle filter framework --- ADMM --- satellite videos --- region proposals --- convolutional neural networks --- tiny and dim target detection --- component mixture model --- object detection --- remote sensing image --- deep learning --- convolutional neural networks (CNNs) --- hardware architecture --- processor --- ground-based detection --- infrared imaging --- observability --- detecting distance --- earth entry vehicle --- synthetic aperture radar (SAR) --- rivers water-flow elevation estimation --- pixel-tracking --- phase unwrapping --- infrared small-faint target detection --- non-independent and identical distribution (non-i.i.d.) mixture of Gaussians --- flux density --- variational Bayesian --- target detection --- target identification --- SAR --- visible --- infrared --- hyperspectral

Remote Sensing based Building Extraction

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ISBN: 9783039283828 9783039283835 Year: Pages: 442 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-383-5 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering --- Construction
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Building extraction from remote sensing data plays an important role in urban planning, disaster management, navigation, updating geographic databases, and several other geospatial applications. Even though significant research has been carried out for more than two decades, the success of automatic building extraction and modeling is still largely impeded by scene complexity, incomplete cue extraction, and sensor dependency of data. Most recently, deep neural networks (DNN) have been widely applied for high classification accuracy in various areas including land-cover and land-use classification. Therefore, intelligent and innovative algorithms are needed for the success of automatic building extraction and modeling. This Special Issue focuses on newly developed methods for classification and feature extraction from remote sensing data for automatic building extraction and 3D

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roof segmentation --- outline extraction --- convolutional neural network --- boundary regulated network --- very high resolution imagery --- building boundary extraction --- convolutional neural network --- active contour model --- high resolution optical images --- LiDAR --- richer convolution features --- building edges detection --- high spatial resolution remote sensing imagery --- building --- modelling --- reconstruction --- change detection --- LiDAR --- point cloud --- 3-D --- building extraction --- deep learning --- attention mechanism --- very high resolution --- imagery --- building detection --- aerial images --- feature-level-fusion --- straight-line segment matching --- occlusion --- building regularization technique --- point clouds --- boundary extraction --- regularization --- building reconstruction --- digital building height --- 3D urban expansion --- land-use --- DTM extraction --- open data --- developing city --- accuracy analysis --- building detection --- building index --- feature extraction --- mathematical morphology --- morphological attribute filter --- morphological profile --- building extraction --- deep learning --- semantic segmentation --- data fusion --- high-resolution satellite images --- GIS data --- high-resolution aerial images --- deep learning --- generative adversarial network --- semantic segmentation --- Inria aerial image labeling dataset --- Massachusetts buildings dataset --- building extraction --- simple linear iterative clustering (SLIC) --- multiscale Siamese convolutional networks (MSCNs) --- binary decision network --- unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) --- image fusion --- high spatial resolution remotely sensed imagery --- object recognition --- deep learning --- method comparison --- LiDAR point cloud --- building extraction --- elevation map --- Gabor filter --- feature fusion --- semantic segmentation --- urban building extraction --- deep convolutional neural network --- VHR remote sensing imagery --- U-Net --- remote sensing --- deep learning --- building extraction --- web-net --- ultra-hierarchical sampling --- 3D reconstruction --- indoor modelling --- mobile laser scanning --- point clouds --- 5G signal simulation --- building extraction --- high-resolution aerial imagery --- fully convolutional network --- semantic segmentation --- n/a

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