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Physical and Environmental Geography

1987

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Mapping The Desertification Process In Southern Morocco Using Remote Sensing Data, Abdellah Benkhalti Jul 1987

Mapping The Desertification Process In Southern Morocco Using Remote Sensing Data, Abdellah Benkhalti

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Desertification is a problem occurring in arid and semiarid zones all over the world. It is a consequence of mismanagement of the land. Human activities and livestock pressure on such fragile ecosystems lead to a deterioration of the soil by increasing its salinity, lessening its moisture, and covering it with sand and dust. Aerial photographs and satellite images constitute a tool for mapping and monitoring the desertification process. Multispectral data can assist in detecting the indicators of desertification in early stages in order to plan adequate action.

The improvement of the resolution of satellite images and the fact that they ...