ISSN 2070-7401 (Print), ISSN 2411-0280 (Online)
Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2017, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 110-121

Natural resource zoning of Khuzestan Province of Iran using thermal remote sensing and geoinformation mapping

S. Zareie 1 , V.M. Shcherbakov 1 
1 Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Accepted: 29.03.2017
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2017-14-2-110-121
In this paper, natural resource potential of the administrative regions of Khuzestan Province in Iran is assessed. Six types ranking and classification of the regions are performed. Type I corresponds to the maximum potential values (close to 1), while the potential value of type VI is zero, meaning prevalence of lifeless desert in this territory (Hoveyzeh Region). Natural resource potential is an indicative index of engineering arrangement prospects of regions with a high level of farming and animal husbandry development. The assessment is performed with satellite imagery obtained in 2011–2016. Image processing algorithms using ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, and Priznak modern software are discussed. The purpose of the study was to develop an assessment mapping of the resource potential of the administrative regions of Khuzestan Province using calculation of an integral index that allows for the seasonal dynamics of the radiation land surface temperature t° and vegetation index NDVI over a statistically representative number of years. Variations of t° and NDVI were registered during 10 warm seasons of the year from April to September, with an interval of 16 days. The role of the dynamics of radiative land surface temperature and NDVI in the assessment of resource potential of the territory was demonstrated by variability evaluation of geophysical land surface fields of Khuzestan Province.
Keywords: resource potential, multi-criteria analysis, land surface temperature, NDVI
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