Multisensoral Topsoil Mapping in the Semiarid Lake Manyara Region, Northern Tanzania
AbstractThis study pursues the mapping of the distribution of topsoils and surface substrates of the Lake Manyara area of northern Tanzania. The nine soil and lithological target classes were selected through fieldwork and laboratory analysis of soil samples. High-resolution WorldView-2 data, TerraSAR-X intensity data, medium-resolution ASTER spectral bands and indices, as well as ENVISAT ASAR intensity and SRTM-X-derived topographic parameters served as input features. Objects were derived from image segmentation. The classification of the image objects was conducted applying a nonlinear support vector machine approach. With the recursive feature elimination approach, the most input-relevant features for separating the target classes were selected. Despite multiple target classes, an overall accuracy of 71.9% was achieved. Inaccuracies occurred between classes with high CaCO3 content and between classes of silica-rich substrates. The incorporation of different input feature datasets improved the classification accuracy. An in-depth interpretation of the classification result was conducted with three soil profile transects. View Full-Text
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Bachofer, F.; Quénéhervé, G.; Hochschild, V.; Maerker, M. Multisensoral Topsoil Mapping in the Semiarid Lake Manyara Region, Northern Tanzania. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 9563-9586.
Bachofer F, Quénéhervé G, Hochschild V, Maerker M. Multisensoral Topsoil Mapping in the Semiarid Lake Manyara Region, Northern Tanzania. Remote Sensing. 2015; 7(8):9563-9586.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bachofer, Felix; Quénéhervé, Geraldine; Hochschild, Volker; Maerker, Michael. 2015. "Multisensoral Topsoil Mapping in the Semiarid Lake Manyara Region, Northern Tanzania." Remote Sens. 7, no. 8: 9563-9586.