ISSN: 1813-0410

Author : A. Najem, Najem

Integration of remote sensing and GIS to produce Land use and Land cover maps for Kerbala city

Najem A. Najem

journal of kerbala university, Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 227-236

IKONOS satellite image acquired at 1999 with resolution (1)m was used to produce land use and land cover maps for Kerbala city , using Arc-view (version 3.3) program which is one of the GIS programs . Also Erdas program (version 8.4) was used to enhance and uncompress used image to become visually more obvious .
Basically visual interpretation and ground truths was depended upon to specify land features appear on image , and then to produce main information layers represented by land use and land cover maps , in addition to drainages , roads , and religious locations layers which in turn represent land use layers. All produced layers were supported with updating database includes information related these layers such as feature’s names , lengths , areas …etc.
The study used modified Anderson land use classification to produce the final map of the interest area (95.8 km2). The produced maps can be set with any demand scales . The study also certify the importance of the integration between remote sensing technique and GIS , which represent an active tool to get the best results with less efforts , less coasts , less time and better details.