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An approach to compute the C factor for universal soil loss equation using EOS-MODIS vegetation index (VI)
Author(s): Hui Li; Huizhong He; Xiaoling Chen; Lihua Zhang
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Paper Abstract

C factor, known as cover and management factor in USLE, is one of the most important factors since it represents the combined effects of plant, soil cover and management on erosion, whereas it also most easily changed variables by men for it itself is time-variant and the uncertainty nature. So it's vital to compute C factor properly in order to model erosion effectively. In this paper we attempt to present a new method for calculating C value using Vegetation Index (VI) derived from multi-temporal MODIS imagery, which can estimate C factor in a more scientific way. Based on the theory that C factor is strongly correlated with VI, the average annual C value is estimated by adding the VI value of three growth phases within a year with different weights. Modified Fournier Index (MFI) is employed to determine the weight of each growth phase for the vegetation growth and agricultural activities are significantly influenced by precipitation. The C values generated by the proposed method were compared with that of other method, and the results showed that the results of our method is highly correlated with the others. This study is helpful to extract C value from satellite data in a scientific and efficient way, which in turn could be used to facilitate the prediction of erosion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7285, International Conference on Earth Observation Data Processing and Analysis (ICEODPA), 728514 (29 December 2008);
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Hui Li, China Univ. of Geosciences (China)
Huizhong He, South China Sea Marine Engineering Surveying Ctr. (China)
Xiaoling Chen, Wuhan Univ. (China)
Lihua Zhang, China Univ. of Geosciences (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7285:
International Conference on Earth Observation Data Processing and Analysis (ICEODPA)
Deren Li; Jianya Gong; Huayi Wu, Editor(s)

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