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"Object-based identification of vegetation cover decline in irrigated agro-ecosystems in Uzbekistan"

Dubovyk, Olena and Menz, Gunter and Conrad, Christopher and Thonfeld, Frank and Khamzina, Asia (2013) "Object-based identification of vegetation cover decline in irrigated agro-ecosystems in Uzbekistan". Quaternary International, 311, pp. 163-174. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.07.043. ISSN 1040-6182

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The sustainability of irrigated croplands in Central Asia is threatened by degradation of their productive function. To quantify the extent of the cropland degradation, this paper combines object-based change detection and spectral mixture analysis for vegetation cover decline mapping in irrigated agroecosystems in Uzbekistan based on multitemporal Landsat TM images from 1998 to 2009. The results of the change detection reveal that the cadastral field parcels, characterized by vegetation cover decrease, occupied 18% (52,938 ha) of the cropland area. Spatial distribution of fields with decreased vegetation cover was mainly associated with abandoned cropland and land with inherently low-fertility soils located on the outreaches of the irrigation system and bordering natural sandy deserts. The comparison with the land degradation map based on trend analyses of 250 m MODIS NDVI time series 2000e2010 yielded an overall agreement of 93%. The proposed approach is a useful supplement to the commonly applied trend analysis for detecting land degradation in cases when plot-specific data are needed but satellite time series of high spatial resolution are not available. The derived parcel-specific, spatial information supports better informed decisions on cropland rehabilitation measures.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/90015/
Document Type:Article
Title:"Object-based identification of vegetation cover decline in irrigated agro-ecosystems in Uzbekistan"
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Dubovyk, Olenaodubovyk (at) uni-bonn.deUNSPECIFIED
Menz, Gunterg.menz (at) geographie.uni-bonn.deUNSPECIFIED
Conrad, Christopherchristopher.conrad (at) uni-wuerzburg.deUNSPECIFIED
Thonfeld, Frankfrank.thonfeld (at) uni-bonn.deUNSPECIFIED
Khamzina, Asiaasia.khamzina (at) uni-bonn.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Quaternary International
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.quaint.2013.07.043.
Page Range:pp. 163-174
Keywords:land degradation, vegetation mapping, object-based
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Geowissenschaftl. Fernerkundungs- und GIS-Verfahren
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Leitungsbereich DFD
Deposited By: Wöhrl, Monika
Deposited On:13 Aug 2014 12:11
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:36

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