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Assessment of pasture degradation in Turkmenistan using remote sensing
Author(s): Shai Kaplan; Lea Orlovsky; Dan G. Blumberg; Elmar Mamedov
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Paper Abstract

Nomadic and semi-nomadic livestock breeding is a significant income for Turkmenistan's economy. Thus, natural vegetation is an important resource for the area. The natural desert pastures of Turkmenistan have limited carrying capacity, and any changes of the fragile balance can lead to the destruction of this valuable resource. Since the 1980's, no research has been carried out concerning the ongoing changes of vegetation cover despite dramatic political and economical changes that took place throughout central Asia. The primary results of this research show the potential of remote sensing in general and specifically Spectral Mixture Analysis (SMA) for vegetation mapping. The information on vegetation change is important to quantify man-nature relationship. From this information vegetation cover is a useful indicator of the magnitude of change. Landsat TM and ETM+ images were processed, and maps of land use/land cover changes in northern Turkmenistan were produced. From the 1970's about 4000 km2 of natural pastures were transformed into irrigated agricultural land, theoretically increasing the grazing pressure in the remaining areas. By applying SMA based on field end-members signatures, a sub-pixel fraction was obtained for each end-member. Our results indicate that most of the desert experiences vegetation rehabilitation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6366, Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VI, 636603 (20 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.689580
Show Author Affiliations
Shai Kaplan, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Lea Orlovsky, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Dan G. Blumberg, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Elmar Mamedov, Ministry of Nature Protection (Turkmenistan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6366:
Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VI
Manfred Ehlers; Ulrich Michel, Editor(s)

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