Maize Cropping Systems Mapping Using RapidEye Observations in Agro-Ecological Landscapes in Kenya
AbstractCropping systems information on explicit scales is an important but rarely available variable in many crops modeling routines and of utmost importance for understanding pests and disease propagation mechanisms in agro-ecological landscapes. In this study, high spatial and temporal resolution RapidEye bio-temporal data were utilized within a novel 2-step hierarchical random forest (RF) classification approach to map areas of mono- and mixed maize cropping systems. A small-scale maize farming site in Machakos County, Kenya was used as a study site. Within the study site, field data was collected during the satellite acquisition period on general land use/land cover (LULC) and the two cropping systems. Firstly, non-cropland areas were masked out from other land use/land cover using the LULC mapping result. Subsequently an optimized RF model was applied to the cropland layer to map the two cropping systems (2nd classification step). An overall accuracy of 93% was attained for the LULC classification, while the class accuracies (PA: producer’s accuracy and UA: user’s accuracy) for the two cropping systems were consistently above 85%. We concluded that explicit mapping of different cropping systems is feasible in complex and highly fragmented agro-ecological landscapes if high resolution and multi-temporal satellite data such as 5 m RapidEye data is employed. Further research is needed on the feasibility of using freely available 10–20 m Sentinel-2 data for wide-area assessment of cropping systems as an important variable in numerous crop productivity models. View Full-Text
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Richard, K.; Abdel-Rahman, E.M.; Subramanian, S.; Nyasani, J.O.; Thiel, M.; Jozani, H.; Borgemeister, C.; Landmann, T. Maize Cropping Systems Mapping Using RapidEye Observations in Agro-Ecological Landscapes in Kenya. Sensors 2017, 17, 2537.
Richard K, Abdel-Rahman EM, Subramanian S, Nyasani JO, Thiel M, Jozani H, Borgemeister C, Landmann T. Maize Cropping Systems Mapping Using RapidEye Observations in Agro-Ecological Landscapes in Kenya. Sensors. 2017; 17(11):2537.Chicago/Turabian Style
Richard, Kyalo; Abdel-Rahman, Elfatih M.; Subramanian, Sevgan; Nyasani, Johnson O.; Thiel, Michael; Jozani, Hosein; Borgemeister, Christian; Landmann, Tobias. 2017. "Maize Cropping Systems Mapping Using RapidEye Observations in Agro-Ecological Landscapes in Kenya." Sensors 17, no. 11: 2537.
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