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Mapping peatland disturbance in Ireland: an object oriented approach
Author(s): J. Connolly; N. M. Holden
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Paper Abstract

Peatlands contain large amounts of soil organic carbon. In a pristine state they sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), however, when they are disturbed they emit it. In Ireland peatlands are extensive and cover 20% of the national land area. They contain between 53% and 62% of the total national soil organic carbon. However, large areas of Irish peatlands have been disturbed by anthropogenic activity. This activity includes drainage, mechanical extraction and burning. These activities lead to the reduction of the resilience of the peatland to climate and environmental change and can lead to the increased vulnerability of the peatland carbon stock. In this research an object oriented approach is used to examine high resolution imagery of a raised bog in Ireland and to extract a map of disturbed peatlands. The object oriented approach is implemented in ArcGIS with high resolution Geoeye-1 satellite imagery. The main disturbance classes identified were rough grazing, pasture, molinia, coniferous forest, high bog, drained bog and scrub. The users accuracy for each individual class ranged from 66% to 92% and the overall accuracy assessment for the disturbance map 85%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8174, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIII, 81740G (6 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.898573
Show Author Affiliations
J. Connolly, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
N. M. Holden, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8174:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIII
Christopher M. U. Neale; Antonino Maltese, Editor(s)

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