Studying spatio-temporal patterns of land-use change in arid environment of China

Qiming Zhou, Baolin Li, Chenghu Zhou

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Remotely sensed data have been the most important data source for environment change study in the past 30 years. Large collections of remote sensing imagery have provided a solid foundation for spatio-temporal analyses of the environment and the impact of human activities. This study seeks an efficient and practical methodology for integrating multi-temporal and multi-scale remotely sensed data from various sources with a monitoring time frame of 30 years, including historical and state-of-the-art high-resolution satellite imagery. Based on this, spatio-temporal patterns of environmental change, which is largely represented by changes in land cover (e.g., vegetation and water), were analysed for the given time frame. Multi-scale and multi-temporal remotely sensed data, including Landsat MSS, TM, ETM and SPOT HRV, were used to detect changes in land use in the past 30 years in Tarim River, Xinjiang, China. The study shows that by using the auto-classification approach an overall accuracy of 85%-90% with a Kappa coefficient 0.66-0.78 was achieved for the classification of individual images. The temporal trajectory of land-use change was established and its spatial pattern was analysed to obtain a better understanding of the human impact on the fragile ecosystem of China's arid environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Spatial Analysis and Decision Making
Subtitle of host publicationa selection of peer-reviewed papers presented at the ISPRS Workshop on Spatial Analysis and Decision Making, 3-5 December, 2003, Hong Kong, China
EditorsZhilin Li, Qiming Zhou, Wolfgang Kainz
PublisherA.A. Balkema
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9058096521, 9789058096524
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
EventISPRS Workshop on Spatial Analysis and Decision Making 2003 - , Hong Kong
Duration: 3 Dec 20035 Dec 2003

Publication series

NameInternational Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Book Series
PublisherA.A. Balkema
ISSN (Print)1572-3348


ConferenceISPRS Workshop on Spatial Analysis and Decision Making 2003
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
Internet address


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