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Estimation of basal area in West oak forests of Iran using remote sensing imagery


Ghahramany, L; Fatehi, P; Ghazanfari, H (2012). Estimation of basal area in West oak forests of Iran using remote sensing imagery. International Journal of Geosciences, 3(2):398-403.

Abstract

The objective of this study is to evaluate the capability of satellite imagery for the estimation of basal area in Northern Zagros Forests. The data of the high resolution geometric (HRG) sensor of SPOT-5 satellite dated in July 2005 were used. Investigation of the quality of Satellite images shows that these images have no radiometric distortion. Overlaying of geocoded images with the digital topographic maps indicated that the images have high geometric precision. A num-ber of 319 circular plots (0.1 ha) were established using systematic random method in the study area. All trees having diameter at breast height (DBH) (i.e. 1.3 m above ground) greater than 5 cm were callipered in each plot. Basal area in each plot was determined using field data. Main bands, artificial bands such as vegetation indices and principle compo-nent analysis (PCA) were studied. Digital numbers related to each plot were extracted from original and artificial bands. All plots were ordinated by major geographic aspects and the best fitted regression models were determined for both the study area without consideration of aspects and with consideration of major geographic aspects by multiple regression analysis (step wise regression). The results from regression analysis indicated that the square root of basal area without consideration of aspects has a high correlation with band B1 (r = –0.60). The consideration of aspects resulted in corre-lation of different indices with square root of basal area such that in northern forests, band B1 had higher correlation coefficient(r = –0.67) among other indices. In Eastern forests, the same band showed correlation of basal area with dif-ferent correlation coefficient (r = –0.65). In southern and western forests, the square root of basal area had higher corre-lation (r = –0.68) with RVI. The use of the square root of basal area as a dependent variable in multivariate linear re-gression improved the results. The assessment of model validity indicated that the proposed models are properly valid.

The objective of this study is to evaluate the capability of satellite imagery for the estimation of basal area in Northern Zagros Forests. The data of the high resolution geometric (HRG) sensor of SPOT-5 satellite dated in July 2005 were used. Investigation of the quality of Satellite images shows that these images have no radiometric distortion. Overlaying of geocoded images with the digital topographic maps indicated that the images have high geometric precision. A num-ber of 319 circular plots (0.1 ha) were established using systematic random method in the study area. All trees having diameter at breast height (DBH) (i.e. 1.3 m above ground) greater than 5 cm were callipered in each plot. Basal area in each plot was determined using field data. Main bands, artificial bands such as vegetation indices and principle compo-nent analysis (PCA) were studied. Digital numbers related to each plot were extracted from original and artificial bands. All plots were ordinated by major geographic aspects and the best fitted regression models were determined for both the study area without consideration of aspects and with consideration of major geographic aspects by multiple regression analysis (step wise regression). The results from regression analysis indicated that the square root of basal area without consideration of aspects has a high correlation with band B1 (r = –0.60). The consideration of aspects resulted in corre-lation of different indices with square root of basal area such that in northern forests, band B1 had higher correlation coefficient(r = –0.67) among other indices. In Eastern forests, the same band showed correlation of basal area with dif-ferent correlation coefficient (r = –0.65). In southern and western forests, the square root of basal area had higher corre-lation (r = –0.68) with RVI. The use of the square root of basal area as a dependent variable in multivariate linear re-gression improved the results. The assessment of model validity indicated that the proposed models are properly valid.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:07 Jun 2012 08:59
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:51
Publisher:Scientific Research
ISSN:2156-8359
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4236/ijg.2012.32044
Official URL:http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=19252
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-62983

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