Combining stratification and up-scaling method-block cokriging with remote sensing imagery for sampling and mapping an erosion cover factor

George Gertner, Guangxing Wang, Alan B. Anderson, Heidi Howard

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Abstract

When a ground and vegetation cover factor related to soil erosion is mapped with the aid of remotely sensed data, a cost-efficient sample design to collect ground data and to obtain an accurate map is required. However, the supports used to collect ground data are often smaller than the desirable pixels used for mapping, which leads to complexity in developing procedures for sample design and mapping. For these purposes, a sampling and mapping method was developed by integrating stratification and an up-scaling method in geostatistics - block cokriging with Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery. This method is based on spatial correlation and stratified sampling. It scales up not only the ground sample data but also the uncertainties associated with the data aggregation from smaller supports to larger pixels or blocks. This method uses the advantages of both stratification and block cokriging variance-based sample design, which leads to sample designs with variable grid spacing, and thus significantly increases the unit cost-efficiency of sample data in sampling and mapping. This outcome was verified by the results of this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-386
Number of pages14
JournalEcological Informatics
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

Keywords

  • Block-cokriging
  • Mapping
  • Remote sensing
  • Sample design
  • Scaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

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