Empirical patterns of the influence of Spatial Resolution of Remote Sensing Data on Landscape Metrics
Bharath H. Aithal 1,2                Bharath Settur 1                Durgappa Sanna D.2                 Ramachandra T V 1,2,3,*
1 Energy & Wetlands Research Group, Center for Ecological Sciences [CES], 2 Centre for Sustainable Technologies (astra), 3 Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning [CiSTUP], Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560 012, India
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Landscape metrics are quantitative spatial measures that aid in the landscape spatial pattern analysis.  Understanding the role and capability of spatial metrics with the remote sensing data of various spatial resolutions for quantifying landscape patterns is crucial in assessing the potential of spatial metrics. The objective of this communication is to analyse the role of the landscape metrics using multi-resolution (spatial) remote sensing data for quantifying landscape patterns. Sensitivity and effectiveness in quantifying the spatial pattern components were analyzed considering part of Greater Bangalore as a sample space with 13 widely used landscape spatial metrics with the data from various sensors of differing resolutions for the month of January. The results indicate that all except three (cohesion, connect and shape) of the landscape metrics, were significantly dependent on the spatial resolution of the remote sensing data. This emphasises the consideration of appropriate spatial resolution while analyzing spatial patterns of the landscape, which provides a base for proper use of landscape metrics in the planning and management.

Keywords - Landscape, Spatial Metrics, Spatial Resolution, Remote Sensing data, Image Processing, Fragstat software.

Citation : Bharath H. Aithal, Bharath Settur, Durgappa Sanna D., and Ramachandra. T.V., 2012. Empirical patterns of the influence of Spatial Resolution of Remote Sensing Data on Landscape Metrics., International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA), Vol. 2, Issue 3, May-Jun 2012, pp.767-775.
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