Volume 12, Number 44 (summer 2008)                   JCPP 2008, 12(44): 301-314 | Back to browse issues page


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Abdollahi J, Baghestani N, Saveqebi M, Rahimian M. Mapping of Vegetation Cover in Arid Zones Using Satellite Data and GIS Technique (Case Study: Nodoushan Basin). JCPP. 2008; 12 (44) :301-314
URL: http://jcpp.iut.ac.ir/article-1-888-en.html

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The present study discusses a method used to produce updated information about vegetation cover in arid and semi-arid zones, using RS data and GIS technique. In this method, Landsat ETM+ data in 2002 was collected in an area of about 60000 ha in Nodoushan basin, Yazd, Iran. To collect the necessary ground data, 50 sites of different vegetation types were selected and the percentage of vegetation cover in each one was determined. Also, different vegetation and soil indices were derived and crossed with located sampling points using ILWIS software capabilities. To get the best fitted curve, the relationship between vegetation cover, as a dependent variable, and satellite data bands, vegetation indices and environmental factors, as independent variables were assessed. Therefore, a multiple linear regression model was established for the prediction of vegetation cover percentage in the studied area. Finally, a vegetation cover map with high a precision was produced. As a conclusion, it can be said that mapping of vegetation cover via remote sensing is possible even if its vegetation cover is sparse.
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