Environmental Science

Combining UAV-based hyperspectral imagery and machine learning algorithms for soil moisture content monitoring
Timothy Scheibe –– Significant improvements in estimation of soil moisture distributions in space and time from remotely-sensed data can have a major impact on agricultural management. This application of machine learning demonstrates this level of improvement.
Enhancement of carbon monoxide concentration in atmosphere due to large scale forest fire of Uttarakhand
Xinfeng Wang –– This study analyzed transport characteristics of carbon monoxide (CO) from richly forested region of Uttarakhand in the spring by integrating available satellite retrieval and Lagrangian dispersion model. The long range transport of CO due to forest fire was observed and led to an enhancement in CO concentration at high altitudes. This work provides strong evidences to the impact of India biomass burning on the air pollution in Southeast Asia with integreted tools, and therefore contributed to the relevant community.
Comparison of shallow-water seston among biogenic habitats on tidal flats
Georg Umgiesser –– This is an interesting contribution to processes on tidal flats, still not too much investigated in the oceanographic field.
Some methods to improve the utility of conditioned Latin hypercube sampling
Paolo Giordani –– Nice piece of work with improvements of a sampling strategy usually applied in the fields of Earth and environmental sciences
Potential ecotoxicological effects of antimicrobial surface coatings: a literature survey backed up by analysis of market reports
Monika Mortimer –– The review gives a comprehensive overview of application areas of antimicrobial coatings (AMCs) and potential ecotoxicological hazards associated with the use of such materials. The authors also highlight the existing data gaps in the release of antimicrobial compounds from coatings, which impedes risk-benefit evaluation of AMCs.
Use of open mobile mapping tool to assess human mobility traceability in rural offline populations with contrasting malaria dynamics
Jason Blackburn –– Understanding human movements is critical for understanding disease movement and to predict possible targeted areas for intervention. This paper works toward mapping rural populations, which represent frequently under surveyed groups and populations difficult to provide appropriate intervention.
Forest floor temperature and greenness link significantly to canopy attributes in South Africa’s fragmented coastal forests
Leonardo Montagnani –– I believe that besides the difficulties encountered in the specific location, the paper is well done and methodologically relevant. I would recommend its approach to a wide range of scientific sectors related to the physical interaction between plants, animals and possibly humans.
An index of non-sampling error in area frame sampling based on remote sensing data
Bo Huang –– This is an interesting work, which may be of value to a wide range of applications.
Modelling the dynamics of a large rock landslide in the Dolomites (eastern Italian Alps) using multi-temporal DEMs
Lei Wang –– The use of multi-time LiDAR with a GIS for landslide model calibration is interesting
Random forest as a generic framework for predictive modeling of spatial and spatio-temporal variables
Tal Svoray –– Comparison between machine learning tools and geostatistics are in the front of geosciences
Environmental Science

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New @PeerJLife study records the detection of insect traces in #bioaerosols Read the full article https://t.co/FqzbTZ14fP #Biodiversity #Bioinformatics #Entomology https://t.co/i0TLI83Z66

The relationship between (sub)tropical climates and the incidence of COVID-19 https://t.co/QHx1Qm1YaC @thePeerJ https://t.co/UpNoTc2Sdc

Stage 1 registered report: spatiotemporal patterns of the COVID-19 epidemic in Mexico at the municipality level Read the full @PeerJLife article https://t.co/Kzy4aBmn96 #Epidemiology #InfectiousDiseases #PublicHealth https://t.co/hYGom7JKW8

Local dynamics of a white syndrome outbreak and changes in the microbial community associated with colonies of the scleractinian brain coral Pseudodiploria strigosa https://t.co/pjS7CyafmD @thePeerJ

Tolerance of two anhydrobiotic tardigrades Echiniscus testudo and Milnesium inceptum to hypomagnetic conditions Weronika Erdmann, Bogdan Idzikowski, Wojciech Kowalski, Jakub Z. Kosicki, Łukasz Kaczmarek #Tardigrada #Astrobiology #Space #Anhydrobiosis https://t.co/QWHXPtCfd6

Seasonal patterns in nest survival of a subtropical wading #bird, the Hawaiian Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) https://t.co/8dbAX9espV @thePeerJ https://t.co/RcWxtzfcyG

En La Paz, B.C.S. tenemos la bendición de contar con alta diversidad de peces. Sin embargo, cuando compras pescado en un mercado o restaurante 40% del tiempo viene con otro nombre (lee más en #openaccess paper @thePeerJ). https://t.co/TfiS8izuzT @airdrian (1/3)