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Monitoring desertification around Huolinguole using multitemporal remotely sensed imagery
Author(s): Guangjun Wang; Meichen Fu; Qiuping Xiao; Zeng Wang
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Paper Abstract

Because of the capability of remote sensing to acquire synoptic coverage and repetitive data acquisition it has become a widely used technique for monitoring the effects of human activity on terrestrial ecosystems. This paper presents the spatial extent, magnitude and temporal behavior of land desertification around Holinguole caused by city expansion. The selected test area, Huoliguole City, is a typical grassland city in China that is located in the northeast of China. A time-series of Landsat TM images covering a period of 20 years (1987-2006) were used. The data sets were geometrically and radiometrically pre-processed in a rigorous fashion, followed by a linear spectral mixture unmixing model to extract feature images of vegetation and sandy soil. The biomass images were derived using a polynomial regression model based on the ground-based observations of the amount of grass and a vegetation index based on satellite remote sensing. By combing the vegetation fraction images, the sandy soil fraction images, biomass images, and PC (principal components) images, the grassland desertification information around the built-up area of the city was extracted based on BP (Back-Propagation) neural network algorithm. The results of our studies indicate significant expansion of the city over the last 20 years, and a similar trend was also observed in the temporal magnitude behavior of severe grassland desertification away from the city.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7841, Sixth International Symposium on Digital Earth: Data Processing and Applications, 784117 (3 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.873252
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Guangjun Wang, China Univ. of Geosciences (China)
Meichen Fu, China Univ. of Geosciences (China)
Qiuping Xiao, China Univ. of Geosciences (China)
Zeng Wang, China Univ. of Geosciences (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7841:
Sixth International Symposium on Digital Earth: Data Processing and Applications
Huadong Guo; Changlin Wang, Editor(s)

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