Title: Use of high resolution imagery and ground survey data for estimating crop areas in Mengcheng county, China
Citation: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science vol. 17
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC84184
ISSN: 1755-1315
URI: http://iopscience.iop.org/1755-1315/17/1/012057/pdf/ees14_17_012057.pdf
DOI: 10.1088/1755-1315/17/1/012057
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The use of remote sensing images in combination with ground survey data was assessed for deriving crop areas over Mengcheng County in 2011 in the North China Plain. First, a stratification of the county into arable land, permanent crops and non agricultural land was carried out by photo-interpreting a grid of points on Google Earth and a 2.5m Spot5 image from 2011. Then a sample of 83 segments was randomly selected in the arable stratum and surveyed with GPS. Two high resolution images (TM 30m and Spot5 10m) were acquired over the 2011 summer crop season and classified using maximum likelihood. The regression estimator was then applied using the surveyed segments and the classification and compared to the direct expansion estimate derived from the segments only; the calibration estimator was also tested using the same classification and the 83 arable points that served as seeds for the segments and compared to the estimate derived from the 83 points alone. The regression estimator proved to be the most efficient one in the North China Plain landscape. To reach the same variance of estimate as the regression estimator, the number of points to be surveyed for the calibration estimator should be multiplied by seven. Last pixel counting tested on the whole county and on the arable points of the grid resulted in biased estimates, in contrast to estimates based on ground data, in combination with remote sensing or not.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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