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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 310-318

Soil Line as an Indicator of Soil Cover Heterogeneity

E. Kiryanova 1, I. Savin 2
1 Space Research Institute of RAS K.A. Timiryazev RSAU-MAA
2 Space Research Institute of RAS V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute
Soil cover heterogeneity is known to be the crucial factor determining land resource potential, the possibility of agricultural land use. However, the issue of operative, low cost soil variability mapping is still considered to be of high concern. The article describes the application of satellite data for estimating the heterogeneity of arable soil cover by the example of test plots in Saratov Povolzhye region. Suggested approach relies on the soil line concept (Richardson, Wiegand, 1977), on the relationship between soil line parameters, soil characteristics. It enables to perform per pixel analysis of soil cover, distinguish homogenous, contrast components using the surface color of bare soil, thus obtain information on inhomogeneity of arable soil cover. Such an approach can be as well applied as the basis of long-term per pixel monitoring of arable soil cover based on satellite data.
Keywords: soil cover heterogeneity, soil line, Landsat
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