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Mapping Rural Areas with Widespread Plastic Covered Vineyards Using True Color Aerial Data

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Politecnico di Bari, via Orabona n.4, I-70125 Bari, Italy
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ISSIA CNR, via Amendola n. 122/D-O, I-70126 Bari, Italy
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Remote Sens. 2012, 4(7), 1913-1928; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs4071913
Received: 25 April 2012 / Revised: 24 May 2012 / Accepted: 20 June 2012 / Published: 27 June 2012
Plastic covering is used worldwide to protect crops against damaging growing conditions. This agricultural practice raises some controversial issues. While it significantly impacts on local economic vitality, plasticulture also shows several environmental affects. In the Apulia Region (Italy) the wide-spreading of artificial plastic coverings for vineyard protection has showed negative consequences on the hydrogeological balance of soils as well as on the visual quality of rural landscape. In order to monitor and manage this phenomenon, a detailed site mapping has become essential. In this study an efficient object-based classification procedure from Very High Spatial Resolution (VHSR) true color aerial data was developed on eight test areas located in the Ionian area of the Apulia Region in order to support the updating of the existing land use database aimed at plastic covered vineyard monitoring. View Full-Text
Keywords: plastic covered vineyard; object-based classification; true color aerial data plastic covered vineyard; object-based classification; true color aerial data
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Tarantino, E.; Figorito, B. Mapping Rural Areas with Widespread Plastic Covered Vineyards Using True Color Aerial Data. Remote Sens. 2012, 4, 1913-1928.

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