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Remote sensing and GIS in the agri-environmental measures' chain: results from two pilot studies in Italy and England
Author(s): Enrico Zini; Paer-Johan Astrand; Niall J. Watson; Catherine Horrobin; Alison E. Riding; Jacqueline Slater
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Paper Abstract

Managing, controlling and monitoring the adoption, the implementation and the achievements of the Agri-Environmental Programs and their compliance with EC Rural Development Regulations is a very geomatics oriented exercise with a substantial spatial/geographic GIS and image component. Two pilot projects were undertaken, one in Italy and one in England to evaluate the control of Agri-Environmental Measures (AEMs) using Remote Sensing and GIS methodology. This paper concentrates primarily on the Italian project but will include comparative issues between the two. In Italy, a test site was defined on the western side of Lago di Garda, in Northern Italy. A strategy was applied for the selection of measures based on the Regional implementation of the EC Regulation 2078/92 (e.g. input reduction, arable reversion to grassland, farmland conservation). A GIS was set up requiring particular efforts regarding the acquisition, quality checks, georeferencing and harmonization of the several information layers. Different Computer Assisted Photo Interpretation (CAPI) methods (e.g. small-scale landscape features: hedgerows, tree rows; arable farming practices: crop rotation.) were applied in relation to the specific AEMs to be controlled. Hints to the feasibility of controlling selected AEMs, limiting factors of CAPI methods and their impact on the identification/control of the measure are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 January 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4545, Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology, (23 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453684
Show Author Affiliations
Enrico Zini, Remote Sensing Data Engineering srl (Italy)
Paer-Johan Astrand, Joint Research Ctr. of the European Commission (Italy)
Niall J. Watson, Dept. for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (United Kingdom)
Catherine Horrobin, ADAS Woodthorne (United Kingdom)
Alison E. Riding, ADAS Woodthorne (United Kingdom)
Jacqueline Slater, ADAS Woodthorne (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4545:
Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology
Manfred Ehlers, Editor(s)

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