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Salinity risk prediction using Landsat TM and DEM-derived data

Evans, F.ORCID: 0000-0002-7329-1289 and Caccetta, P. (2000) Salinity risk prediction using Landsat TM and DEM-derived data. In: 10th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference, 21 - 25 August 2000, Adelaide, SA



This paper presents a method for predicting areas at risk from dryland salinity using information derived from multi-temporal Landsat TM satellite images combined with landform data derived from high-quality digital elevation models. The method is applied in the south west agricultural region of Western Australia to predict areas at risk from dryland salinity. This paper presents modifications to previous methods suggested by the use of high-quality elevation data previously unavailable in WA.

The method aims to reproduce expert opinion about the future extent of salinity by using decision trees to determine the relationship between salinity risk and variables that describe various aspects of the landscape. Feature selection procedures are used to determine the optimal subset of variables for predicting risk areas. Preliminary studies were conducted in five subcatchments and the model extrapolated over 30 000 km2 to produce maps of those areas expected to become saline under current management practices.

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