The rapid advancements of digital technologies, as well as the progress and wide availability of digital cameras and sensors have resulted in a great increase of multimedia data production worldwide. This is also the case for multimedia data that describe the state of the environment, which include huge amounts of data streams from model systems, dedicated stations and amateur sensors, as well as visual environmental information, such as heatmaps and forest satellite images. In parallel, the success of citizen sciences and social networking tools has fostered the emergence of large and structured communities of nature observers (e.g. e-bird, xeno-canto, Tela Botanica, etc.), who started to produce outstanding collections of biodiversity multimedia records. Citizens have become increasingly aware of the important role that environmental data (e.g. weather forecast, air quality, life species distributions) play on health issues (e.g. allergies), as well as to a variety of other human activities (e.g. agriculture, trip planning). In addition, such data are very important for environmental issues and phenomena, such as the greenhouse effect, the global warming and the climate change.
Therefore, there is an increasing need for the development of advanced techniques for analysing, interpreting and aggregating environmental data provided in multimedia formats. This will allow for the generation of reliable measurements, as well as for the development of personalised applications that will take into account the state of the environment and the personal health conditions and preferences. In addition, there is a growing need for producing accurate and timely knowledge of a variety living species, which is essential for a sustainable development of humanity and for biodiversity conservation.
The best papers of the workshop will be invited for publication in a Special Issue in the Multimedia Tools and Applications Journal.
Special Issue on Environmental Multimedia Retrieval in the Multimedia Tools and Applications Journal is to be announced.