Hyper-spectral response and estimation model of soil degradation in Kenli County, the Yellow River Delta

Autoři: Chunyan Chang aff001;  Fen Lin aff001;  Xue Zhou aff001;  Gengxing Zhao aff001
Působiště autorů: National Engineering Laboratory for Efficient Utilization of Soil and Fertilizer Resources, College of Resources and Environment, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an, China aff001;  Qingdao Hengyuande Real Estate Appraisal Limited Company, Qingdao, China aff002;  Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article
prolekare.web.journal.doi_sk: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227594


The ecological environment of the Yellow River Delta is fragile, and the soil degradation in the region is serious. Therefore it is important to discern the status of the soil degradation in a timely manner for soil conservation and utilization. The study area of this study was Kenli County in the Yellow River Delta of China. First, physical and chemical data of the soil were obtained by field investigations and soil sample analyses, and the hyper-spectra of air-dried soil samples were obtained via spectrometer. Then, the soil degradation index (SDI) was constructed by the key indicators of soil degradation, including pH, SSC, OM, AN, AP, AK, and soil texture. Next, according to a cluster analysis, soil degradation was divided into the following three grades: light degradation, moderate degradation, and heavy degradation. Moreover, the spectral characteristics of soil degradation were analyzed, and an estimation model of SDI was established by multiple stepwise regression. The results showed that the overall level of reflectance spectra increased with increased degree of soil degradation, that both derivative transformation and waveband reorganization could enhance the spectral information of soil degradation, and that the correlation between SDI and the spectral parameter of (Rλ2+Rλ1)/(Rλ2-Rλ1) was the highest among all the spectral parameters studied. On this basis, the optimum estimation model of SDI was established with the correlation coefficient of 0.811. This study fully embodies the potential of hyper-spectral technology in the study of soil degradation and provides a technical reference for the rapid extraction of information from soil degradation. Additionally, the study area is typical and representative, and thus can indirectly reflect the soil degradation situation of the whole Yellow River Delta.

Klíčová slova:

Agricultural soil science – Delta ecosystems – Erosion – Image processing – Light – Soil ecology – Soil chemistry – Wheat


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