Title: Characterisation of productivity limitation of salt-affected lands in different climatic regions of Europe using remote sensing derived productivity indicators
Authors: CHERLET MichaelTOTH TIBORLEWIŃSKA Ewa KaterzinaTOTH GergelyIVITS-WASSER Eva
Citation: LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT vol. Published online in Wiley Online Library p. 1-15
Publisher: WILEY-BLACKWELL
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC65167
ISSN: 1085-3278
URI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ldr.1140/abstract
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC65167
DOI: 10.1002/ldr.1140
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Soil salinity is a global issue and one of the major causes of land degradation. The large scale monitoring of salt affected areas is therefore very important to shed light of rehabilitation measures and to avoid further land degradation. We address the productivity limitation of salt affected soils across the European continent by the usage of soil maps and high temporal resolution time series of satellite images derived from the SPOT VEGETATION sensor. Using the yearly dynamism of the vegetation signal derived from the Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) we decomposed the spectral curve into its Base Fraction and Seasonal Dynamism fractions next to an index approximating Gross Primary Productivity (GPP). We observe GPP, Base Fraction and Seasonal Dynamism productivity differences of saline, sodic and not salt affected soils under croplands and grasslands in four major climatic zones of the European continent. ANOVA models and post-hoc tests of mean productivity values indicate significant productivity differences between the observed salt affected and salt free areas, between management levels of soils as well as between the saline and sodic character of the land. The analysis gives insight into the limiting effect of climate in relation to the productivity of soil affected soils. The proposed indicators are applicable on the global level, are objective, are readily repeatable with yearly updates thus might contribute to the global operational monitoring and assessment of degraded lands.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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