Title

Multivariate detection and attribution of land-cover changes in the Central Pilbara, Western Australia

Document Type

Article

Publisher

Taylor and Francis Inc.

School

School of Engineering

RAS ID

19557

Funders

ECU, Edith Cowan University

Comments

Originally published as: Alaibakhsh, M., Emelyanova, I., Barron, O., Mohyeddin, A., Khiadani, M. (2015). Multivariate detection and attribution of land-cover changes in the Central Pilbara, Western Australia in International Journal of Remote Sensing, 36(10), 2599-2621. Available here.

Abstract

The Multivariate Alteration Detection (MAD) method was applied to locate areas where land-cover changes occurred between 2003 and 2009 in the Central Pilbara, Western Australia. It was demonstrated that each of the six MAD variates contained information of land-cover changes at various spatial scales. This allowed attribution of the identified changes to particular stressors such as climate variability, fire events, and mining activity in the area. The results were analysed and interpreted using time series of multispectral normalized difference vegetation index, normalized difference wetness index, and normalized burn ratio grids derived from Landsat data observed over the study period. In addition, various ground truth data such as fire maps, historical climate data, and the available information about mine operations and water management, which could lead to alteration of natural water regime, were utilized.

DOI

10.1080/01431161.2015.1042595