Incorporation of satellite remote sensing pan-sharpened imagery into digital soil prediction and mapping models to characterize soil property variability in small agricultural fields

Xu, Y and Smith, S E and Grunwald, S and Abd-Elrahman, A and Wani, S P (2017) Incorporation of satellite remote sensing pan-sharpened imagery into digital soil prediction and mapping models to characterize soil property variability in small agricultural fields. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 123. pp. 1-19. ISSN 09242716

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Soil prediction models based on spectral indices from some multispectral images are too coarse to characterize spatial pattern of soil properties in small and heterogeneous agricultural lands. Image pan-sharpening has seldom been utilized in Digital Soil Mapping research before. This research aimed to analyze the effects of pan-sharpened (PAN) remote sensing spectral indices on soil prediction models in smallholder farm settings. This research fused the panchromatic band and multispectral (MS) bands of WorldView-2, GeoEye-1, and Landsat 8 images in a village in Southern India by Brovey, Gram-Schmidt and Intensity-Hue-Saturation methods. Random Forest was utilized to develop soil total nitrogen (TN) and soil exchangeable potassium (Kex) prediction models by incorporating multiple spectral indices from the PAN and MS images. Overall, our results showed that PAN remote sensing spectral indices have similar spectral characteristics with soil TN and Kex as MS remote sensing spectral indices. There is no soil prediction model incorporating the specific type of pan-sharpened spectral indices always had the strongest prediction capability of soil TN and Kex. The incorporation of pan-sharpened remote sensing spectral data not only increased the spatial resolution of the soil prediction maps, but also enhanced the prediction accuracy of soil prediction models.Small farms with limited footprint, fragmented ownership and diverse crop cycle should benefit greatly from the pan-sharpened high spatial resolution imagery for soil property mapping. Our results show that multiple high and medium resolution images can be used to map soil properties suggesting the possibility of an improvement in the maps’ update frequency. Additionally, the results should benefit the large agricultural community through the reduction of routine soil sampling cost and improved prediction accuracy.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
Uncontrolled Keywords: Image pan-sharpening, Random forest, Digital soil mapping, Smallholder farm settings, Soil nutrients, South India, Small agricultural fields, Soil prediction, Satellite remote sensing
Subjects: Others > Agriculture
Others > Remote Sensing
Others > Soil Science
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 05:44
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 05:47
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Acknowledgement: This project used resources provided by the grant award No. 1201943 ‘‘Development of a Geospatial Soil-Crop Inference Engine for Smallholder Farmers” EAGER National Science Foundation. The soil analysis was performed in the soil laboratory at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patancheru/Hyderabad, India. We thank Christopher M. Clingensmith at University of Florida, and other ICRISAT staff members and villagers of Kothapally for support with field sampling. We also thank Yiming Xu’s PhD committee members Dr. Thomas K. Frazer and Dr. Vimala D. Nair for their commitment and guidance. A matching assistantship for Yiming Xu was provided by School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida, and China Scholarship Council.
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