Use of the ETM+ thermal band to identify irrigation patterns in the Aral Sea basin, Kazakhstan

Clayton, Christopher, Perdikou, Paraskevi and Hadjimitsis, Diafantos (2003) Use of the ETM+ thermal band to identify irrigation patterns in the Aral Sea basin, Kazakhstan. In, Owe, Manfred, D'Urso, Guido and Toulios, Leonidas (eds.) Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology IV. Bellingham, USA, International Society for Optical Engineering, 62-71. (Proceedings of SPIE, 4879). (doi:10.1117/12.463088).


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Landsat TM thermal bands have generally not been used for land-use classification because of their inferior spatial resolution. But thermal band data is potentially useful, highlighting reductions in temperature associated with recent irrigation, and between the different stages of growth of the crops. This paper presents the results of a remote sensing study for land use classification, based upon Landsat 7 ETM+ data, aimed at estimating irrigation water demand on the basis of the areas cultivated with different types of crops, and local irrigation practices. A time series of images has been acquired for an area along the Syr Darya River (Kazakhstan), one of the two major rivers feeding the Aral Sea. Once the fourth largest inland sea in surface area in the world, the Aral Sea has been reduced to less than 20% of its original volume as a result of large-scale irrigation, causing extensive environmental damage. A rational method of managing irrigation is urgently required if the sea is to return to its former condition. This paper explores the use of the Landsat ETM+ thermal bands alongside those more commonly used for agricultural land classification. Strategies for determining irrigation water demand are discussed, and observations are compared with ground truth

Item Type: Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1117/12.463088
ISBNs: 0819442674 (hardback)
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Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53879
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March 2003Published
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32

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