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Sensors 2009, 9(1), 148-174; doi:10.3390/s90100148

Remote Sensing Data with the Conditional Latin Hypercube Sampling and Geostatistical Approach to Delineate Landscape Changes Induced by Large Chronological Physical Disturbances

Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Da-an District, Taipei City 106, Taiwan, R.O.C
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Received: 12 December 2008 / Revised: 5 January 2009 / Accepted: 6 January 2009 / Published: 7 January 2009
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Abstract

This study applies variogram analyses of normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) images derived from SPOT HRV images obtained before and after the ChiChi earthquake in the Chenyulan watershed, Taiwan, as well as images after four large typhoons, to delineate the spatial patterns, spatial structures and spatial variability of landscapes caused by these large disturbances. The conditional Latin hypercube sampling approach was applied to select samples from multiple NDVI images. Kriging and sequential Gaussian simulation with sufficient samples were then used to generate maps of NDVI images. The variography of NDVI image results demonstrate that spatial patterns of disturbed landscapes were successfully delineated by variogram analysis in study areas. The high-magnitude Chi-Chi earthquake created spatial landscape variations in the study area. After the earthquake, the cumulative impacts of typhoons on landscape patterns depended on the magnitudes and paths of typhoons, but were not always evident in the spatiotemporal variability of landscapes in the study area. The statistics and spatial structures of multiple NDVI images were captured by 3,000 samples from 62,500 grids in the NDVI images. Kriging and sequential Gaussian simulation with the 3,000 samples effectively reproduced spatial patterns of NDVI images. However, the proposed approach, which integrates the conditional Latin hypercube sampling approach, variogram, kriging and sequential Gaussian simulation in remotely sensed images, efficiently monitors, samples and maps the effects of large chronological disturbances on spatial characteristics of landscape changes including spatial variability and heterogeneity. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chi-Chi earthquake; typhoons; landscape changes; remotely sensed images; geostatistics; spatial patterns; Latin hypercube sampling; conditional simulation Chi-Chi earthquake; typhoons; landscape changes; remotely sensed images; geostatistics; spatial patterns; Latin hypercube sampling; conditional simulation
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Lin, Y.-P.; Chu, H.-J.; Wang, C.-L.; Yu, H.-H.; Wang, Y.-C. Remote Sensing Data with the Conditional Latin Hypercube Sampling and Geostatistical Approach to Delineate Landscape Changes Induced by Large Chronological Physical Disturbances. Sensors 2009, 9, 148-174.

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