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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Analysis of land use and cover change in Sichuan province, China
Author(s): Zezhong Zheng; Wunian Yang; Guoqing Zhou; Xiaoting Wang
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Paper Abstract

A series of environmental policies in Sichuan province was executed to restore the grassland and forestland on some degraded lands after 2000. But the effectiveness on land use and cover change (LUCC) has not yet been systematically investigated. We undertook a detailed analysis about land use and cover change between 2000 and 2005 in Sichuan province. Our study mainly utilized remotely sensed data of 2005 China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite II (CBERS II) and 2000 Landsat 5 thematic mapper (TM) data. Land use and cover change between 2000 and 2005 was visually interpreted by CBERS II with ArcInfo Workstation based on land use and cover database interpreted from TM. Then LUCC was validated by ground truth with global positioning system receivers. Our analysis illustrates that the conservation policies to restore the grassland and forestland were successful to a lesser extent. But more measures to restore the grassland and forestland of Sichuan province have to be taken further in the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 2012
PDF: 10 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1) 063587 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.6.063587
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 6, Issue 1
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Zezhong Zheng, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Wunian Yang, Chengdu Univ. of Information Technology (China)
Guoqing Zhou, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)
Xiaoting Wang, Chengdu Univ. of Information Technology (China)


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