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Wetland change detection in Nile swamps of southern Sudan using multitemporal satellite imagery

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Ghada Soliman

Ain Shams University, Department of Environmental Engineering Science, Institute of Environmental Studies and Research, 11566, Egyptghada.soliman@gmail.com

Hoda Soussa

Ain Shams University, Department of Irrigation and Hydraulics, Faculty of Engineering, 11566, Egypt

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 5(1), 053517 (April 01, 2011). doi:10.1117/1.3571009
History: Received October 01, 2010; Revised January 10, 2011; Accepted March 03, 2011; Published April 01, 2011; Online April 01, 2011
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In this study, the maximum likelihood supervised classification and the post-classification comparison change detection are applied in order to monitor the wetlands by assessing and quantifying the wetland cover changes in the Nile swamps of southern Sudan, called the Sudd, by using the ERDAS IMAGINE software. Three multispectral satellite imageries, acquired in the wet season from 1986 to 2006 by Landsat TM and Landsat ETM+ images, are classified into five main land cover classes namely water, vegetation, urban, wetland-vegetation, and wetland–no vegetation, by using the maximum likelihood supervised classification. A pixel-by-pixel comparison was then performed over the classified thematic map images. The post-classification change detection results show a 3.69% decrease in the wetland-vegetation areas and a 2.68% decrease in the wetland-no vegetation areas within the period 1986 to 1999. In addition, a noticeable increase is observed in the wetland-vegetation areas within the period 1999 to 2006 in the Sudd area as 14.95% of the land cover classes’ areas, excluding the wetland-vegetation areas are changed into wetland-vegetation areas while there was a decrease of 5.18% in the wetland-no vegetation areas within the period 1999 to 2006. The objective of this paper is to introduce precedence in studying the wetland cover changes over the Sudd area which can help the output planners develop water resources management projects leading to enhance the life conditions in the Sudd region.

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Ghada Soliman and Hoda Soussa
"Wetland change detection in Nile swamps of southern Sudan using multitemporal satellite imagery", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 5(1), 053517 (April 01, 2011). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3571009


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