Riparian vegetation map of the Pilbara region, WA
School or Research Centre
School of Engineering
The research is funded by Edith Cowan University (ECU) and supported by Commonwealth Science and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water, WA.
Landsat 5 TM Standard Terrain Corrected (Level 1T) imagery was used to delineate riparian vegetation. The study area of the research (Pilbara region except the eastern desert) is covered by 16 intersecting Landsat scenes. For each LS, three cloud-free Landsat images acquired at the end dates of the three hydrological years 1992, 1999 and 2009 (one image per year), were downloaded from the USGS website (www.usgs.gov) and calibrated for top of atmosphere reflectance. Max latitude: 20°0′0″ S Min latitude: 25°0′0″ S Max longitude: 121°0′0″ E Min longitude: 113°25′0″ E Coordinate reference system: WGS84
NDVI was calculated for each Landsat scene and used to composite a 3-dry-date NDVI datasets. PCA was applied to the NDVI datasets generated for each Landsat scene. It was anticipated that PC1 would reveal the range of values representing those areas without vegetation cover (lowest pixel values) to areas of consistent high reflectance vegetation (highest values). Hence, it was expected that riparian vegetation, with its frequent access to water, would be denoted by a high magnitude PC1 value. Then, Otsu thresholding method was applied to PC1 grids to separate riparian vegetation from other land cover types.
Research Activity Description
The project proposed methods for mapping riparian vegetation and Groundwater Dependent Vegetation of an arid and semi-arid region within the Western Australia, the Pilbara region. Further information and details on the methods, data and study area are available in the related publications.
- Project leader
CSIRO (Australia), Edith Cowan University (Australia)
The team contributed to the project: Dr Masoomeh Alaibakhsh (ECU; CSIRO L&W); Dr Irina Emelyanova (CSIRO,Energy); Dr Olga Barron (CSIRO,L&W); Dr Mehdi Khiadani (ECU)
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12 files and 2 images
Alaibakhsh, M., Emelyanova, I., & Barron, O. (2017). Riparian vegetation map of the Pilbara region, WA. Edith Cowan University. http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/08/5976b156bfd56