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VEGETATION/SPOT4 applications for macro-regional landscape mapping

(Land Cover/ Land Use mapping and monitoring of Russia, PI - E.V. Milanova)
Lioubimtseva E. (1),
E.V Milanova (2), P.Tcherkashin(2), and V.N.Solntsev (2)
(1) Dept. of Geography and Land Studies, Central Washington University
(2) Dept. of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Moscow Lomonosov State University

Paper (pdf file, 48 k)

The final (post-launch) phase of this study has been focused on analysis of the potential of VEGETATION/SPOT 4 for medium scale land-cover mapping and, more specifically for mapping and landscape mosaics of different heterogeneity and graininess. The area of study comprises various combinations of coniferous and mixed forests with forest-steppe, pastures and agricultural lands on the Russian plain. During the preparatory phase data from AVHRR/ NOAA, RESURS01-3/MSU-SK, and COSMOS/MK-4 were processed to explore the requirements of landscape ecological mapping in terms of spectral channels and ground resolution of the satellite instrument.

Evaluation of 16 most common types of landscape mosaics identified within the study area demonstrated that despite its relatively coarse ground resolution, VEGETATION provides an excellent tool not only for land-use/ cover mapping but also, and especially, for landscape ecological applications. Available spectral windows allow particularly fine discrimination between patches within complex heterogeneous landscapes (i.e. forest-steppe mosaics with agricultural lands) as well as discrimination between different types of forest vegetation. The data also represent considerable interest for monitoring riparian ecosystems and water content analyses in vegetation cover.