Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 2A Page No.: 1052-1060 Oct. - Dec. 2012

 

SATELLITE-BASED ASSESSMENT OF THE AREA AND CHANGES IN THE MANGROVE ECOSYSTEM OF THE QESHM ISLAND, IRAN

 

Salehipour Milani Alireza*1 and Jafar Beglu Mansour2

1. Geological Survey of the Iran, Marine Geology Management , Meraj Blvd, Azadi Sq, Tehran (IRAN)
2. Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran Faculty of Geography, Azin Allay, Vesal Shirazi St. Enqelab St., Tehran (IRAN)

 

Received on : July 10, 2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

The area of the mangrove forest in Qeshm Island was determined using satellite data and estimated changes in the spatial extent of the forest from the mid-1979s through 2010. The data used in this study consisted of Landsat satellite images from Multispectral Scanner Landsat (MSS) (1976), Thematic Mapper (TM) (1989), Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) (2000, 2005) sensors. The study area is Qeshm Island, which is the biggest and the most important island in Persian Gulf and located in south of Iran. The aims if this study is demonstrate a simple and logical technique using GIS and RS to display and quantify mangrove forest change on different date. The results from this study could be providing draft information on mangrove changes in Qashm Island.

 

Keywords : Mangrove, Qeshm Island, RS and GIS, Supervised image classification, Multispectral Scanner Landsat (MSS)

 

 

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