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Environmental Analysis & Ecology Studies

Satellite vs. UAVs Remote Sensing of Arid Ecosystems: A Review with in an Ecological Perspective

  • Open or Close Meshal M Abdullah1*, Mahdi M Gholoum2 and Hamed A Abbas3

    1Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, USA

    2Department of Environmental Health, Health Science College, Kuwait

    3EcoLife Science Research and Consultation, Kuwait

    *Corresponding author: Meshal M Abduallah, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA

Submission: April 05, 2018; Published: May 03, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/EAES.2018.02.000540

ISSN 2578-0336
Volume2 Issue3


Arid rangelands in most countries are currently managed without any clear information of long-term trends of the ecological processes and desertification. Remotely sensed imagery is widely used to detect changes in the vegetation cover in arid ecosystems. However, vegetation of arid lands is a challenge due to the spectral, floral, and topographical characteristics of the landscape. This paper focuses on reviewing the main challenges and limitations of RS satellite imageries in the field of ecology in arid ecosystems, and whether UAVs can resolve such limitations.

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