CLASSIFICATION AND MAPPING OF SOILS USING A MULTISPECTRAL VIDEO SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-AIDED ANALYSIS
AuthorNolin, Anne Walden, 1958-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractAn airborne multispectral video system was used to collect soil spectral data over a four-square mile region in northeastern Arizona. Six multispectral video images were digitized. Using the red and blue bands of each image, an unsupervised classification was performed. Each was referenced to a digitized U.S. Soil Conservation Service map resulting in classification precisions ranging from 0-92.4 percent. Ground radiometric measurements were made to ascertain spectral separability of the soil samples. Soil color was determined to try to relate Munsell value to classification precision. Misclassification of soil map units was unrelated to soil brightness or areal extent of each soil. Rather, features such as slope, boundary complexity, and surface condition was responsible for misclassifications seen in this study. Best classification results occurred when soil mapping units were relatively homogeneous, possessed slight changes in slope, and had a regular surface with smooth and distinct boundaries.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Soil and Water Science