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GIS and RS integration: application of geostatistical techniques and environmental changes in the coastal zone in Kenya
Author(s): Munzer Jahjah; Carlo Ulivieri
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Paper Abstract

Understanding the dynamics of land cover change has increasingly been recognized as one of the key research imperatives in global environmental change research. Scientists have developed and applied various methods in order to find and propose solutions for many environmental world problems. From 1986-1995 changes in Kenya coastal zone landcover, derived from the post-classification TM images, were significant with arid areas growing from 3% to 10%, woody areas decreased from 4% to 2%, herbaceous areas decreased from 25% to 20%, developed land increased from 2% to 3%. In order to generate the change probability map as a continuous surface using geostatistical method-ArcGIS, we used as an input the Generalized Linear Model (GLM) probability result. The results reveal the efficiency of the Probability-of-Change map (POC), especially if reference data are lacking, in indicating the possibility of having a change and its type in a determined area, taking advantage of the layer transparency of the GIS systems. Thus, the derived information supplies a good tool for the interpretation of the magnitude of the land cover changes and guides the final user directly to the areas of changes to understand and derive the possible interactions of human or natural processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5239, Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology III, (13 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.511188
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Munzer Jahjah, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
Carlo Ulivieri, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5239:
Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology III
Manfred Ehlers; Hermann J. Kaufmann; Ulrich Michel, Editor(s)

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