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Grassland desertification monitoring by remote sensing and GIS in the upper reaches of the Yellow River, northeast Qinghai-Xizang Plateau
Author(s): Yongnian Zeng; Zhaodong Feng; Guangchao Cao; Weguo Wang
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Paper Abstract

The detailed land use/cover classification using remotely sensed data are the best means of delineating the surface changes for sandy desertification monitoring. The analysis of land use/cover with ancillary in GIS and in situ fieldwork shows that the land use/cover type can be used as indicators of sandy desertification severity effectively. Based on the analysis of the multi-temporal and multi-spectral Landsat TM data with ancillary data in GIS, sandy desertification of grassland was detected in 1987 and 1996. The results indicate that Gonghe Basin is one of the most desertified regions in the upper reach of the Yellow River, northeast Qinghai-Xizang Plateau. Among the sandy desertified lands, the severe and moderate sandy desertified lands are easy to expand, as well as to reverse. Therefore, these kinds of sandy desertified land will be the main conservancy areas in the future. It is necessary and urgent to combat desertification and protect environment in the upper reach of the Yellow River.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4890, Ecosystems Dynamics, Ecosystem-Society Interactions, and Remote Sensing Applications for Semi-Arid and Arid Land, (14 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.487568
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Yongnian Zeng, Lanzhou Univ. (China)
Qinghai Normal Univ. (China)
Zhaodong Feng, Lanzhou Univ. (China)
Guangchao Cao, Qinghai Normal Univ. (China)
Weguo Wang, Lanzhou Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4890:
Ecosystems Dynamics, Ecosystem-Society Interactions, and Remote Sensing Applications for Semi-Arid and Arid Land
Xiaoling Pan; Wei Gao; Michael H. Glantz; Yoshiaki Honda, Editor(s)

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