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Land cover mapping of wetland areas in an agricultural landscape using SAR imagery

AuthorsCastañeda del Álamo, Carmen ; Ducrot, Danielle
KeywordsSynthetic aperture radar
Satellite imagery
Remote sensing
Land cover
Image classification
Agricultural land
Agricultural intensification
Issue Date2009
PublisherAcademic Press
CitationJournal of Environmental Management 90 (7): 2270-2277 (2009)
AbstractSaline wetlands in the Monegros Desert, NE Spain, are situated in an agricultural landscape which is undergoing significant changes. Agricultural intensification in recent decades and current installation of new irrigation systems threaten these valuable habitats, set to be included in the Natura2000 network. Their preservation and successful management depend on the information available regarding the transformation of surrounding areas. When soil and vegetation maps at adequate scale are not available, remote sensing is an alternative means to obtain needed data. We have used SAR data, taking advantage of the soil surface characteristics perceived in SAR images. The objective of this work is to explore the capability of multitemporal SAR data to characterize the land covers of these wetlands and their environment. We have developed specific contextual classifications which take into account the statistical properties of the radar distribution. Moreover, we tested the contribution of radar in Landsat classification.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2007.06.030
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2007.06.030
issn: 0301-4797
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