Remote Sensing and GIS application for assessment of land suitability potential for agriculture in the IBB governorate, the republic of yemen

Mohammd Hezam Al-Mashreki, Juhari Bin Mat Akhir, Sahibin @ Sahibini Abd Rahim, Kadderi Md Desa, Zulfahmi Ali Rahman

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In the present study, an assessment of land suitability potential for agriculture in the study area of IBB governorate, Republic of Yemen has been conducted through close examination of the indicators of land characteristics and qualities. The objective of this study is to evaluate the available land resource and produce the potential map of the study area. Remote sensing data help in mapping land resources, especially in mountainous areas where accessibility is limited. Satellite imagery data used for this study includes data from multi-temporal Landsat TM which dated June 2001. The parameters taken into consideration were 16 thematic maps i.e., slope, DEM, rainfall, soil, land use, land degradation as well as land characteristics maps. Satellite image of the study area has been classified for land use, land degradation and soil maps preparation, while topo sheet and ancillary data have been used for slope and DEM maps and soil properties determination. The land potential of the study area was categorized as very high, high, moderate, low and very low by adopting the logical criteria. These categories were arrived at by integrating the various layers with corresponding weights in a Geographical Information System (GIS). The study demonstrates that the study area can be categorized into spatially distributed agriculture potential zones based on the soil properties, terrain characteristics and analyzing present land use. This approach has the potential as a useful tool for guiding policy decision on sustainable land resource management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1116-1128
Number of pages13
JournalPakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Volume13
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Geographic information system
  • Land suitability assessment
  • Physiography
  • Remote sensing
  • Soils
  • Spatial information

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  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Remote Sensing and GIS application for assessment of land suitability potential for agriculture in the IBB governorate, the republic of yemen. / Al-Mashreki, Mohammd Hezam; Mat Akhir, Juhari Bin; Abd Rahim, Sahibin @ Sahibini; Md Desa, Kadderi; Ali Rahman, Zulfahmi.

In: Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 23, 2010, p. 1116-1128.

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