Land suitability evaluation for sorghum crop in the Ibb Governorate, republic of Yemen using remote sensing and GIS techniques

Mohammd Hezam Al-Mashreki, Juhari Bin Mat Akhir, Sahibin @ Sahibini Abd Rahim, Desa Md Kadderi, Tukimat Lihan, Abdul Rahman Haider

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Land evaluation is the process of making predictions of land performance over time based on specific types of uses. These predictions are then used as a guide in strategic land use decision making. Therefore, the primarily traditional bases of land evaluation are soil resource inventories, commonly known as soil surveys. The vital task of land evaluation is to identify the levels and geographical patterns of biophysical constraints and hence, land suitability for a given purpose. This paper presents a spatial modelling procedure for land suitability evaluation of rainfed sorghum crop using available biophysical information. Moreover, this study was undertaken to develop a physical land suitability method using GIS and remote sensing technologies in arid and semiarid ecosystems such as that of Ibb Governorate at Highland region of the southwestern Yemen. It aimed to provide a simple example of how GIS and remote sensing technologies can be applied to detect the types of potential land suitability of agriculture in the study area. In addition, it intended to design aninformation system for land resource assessment. Accordingly, this study reveals that the nearly 5% of the study area is highly suitable, 25% is moderately suitable, 31% marginally suitable, 24 currently unsuitable as well as 15% permanently not suitable for the production of sorghum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-368
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

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  • Geographic information system
  • Land suitability evaluation
  • Remote sensing

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Land suitability evaluation for sorghum crop in the Ibb Governorate, republic of Yemen using remote sensing and GIS techniques. / Al-Mashreki, Mohammd Hezam; Akhir, Juhari Bin Mat; Abd Rahim, Sahibin @ Sahibini; Kadderi, Desa Md; Lihan, Tukimat; Haider, Abdul Rahman.

In: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 3, 03.2011, p. 359-368.

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