Land Cover Analysis

Stung Treng to Kratie:

Stung Treng - Kratie: Sat. Image Analy. from SpotSpot imagery from 2010 were interpreted to determine current land cover for the region between Stung Treng and Kratie.  This region is considered to be of vital importance for conservation efforts due to the range of threatened biodiversity (Mekong dolfin, fish...) as a result of development and climate change.  This is also an important region in terms of geomorphology as the Mekong transitions into the Cambodian floodplain. The results of the satellite image analysis are shown to the right. 

Blue: Mekong River and tributaries

Red: High density vegetation

Yellow: Low density vegetation

Green: Medium density vegetation

Grey: High reflectance areas (urban, roads, fallow fields, etc.) 

Detailed classified images are available upon request.

Click on the image to the right to download the high resolution map.  Analysis of the SPOT imagery was supplemented by analysis of LandSat, MODIS, and recent google Earth imagery. 

 Google - Spot natural area


North - South Conservation Corridor

Natural areasEstablishing an North-South species adaptation corridor along the Mekong has been a topic of discussion among conservation specialist.  The purpose of such a corridor would be to provide reciliency to development and climatic changes.  The feasibility of such a corridor was studied using Satellite image interpretation (Spot, LandSat, and MODIS). 

Current levels of development along the Mekong River pose severe limitations to establishing a continuous corridor.  However, specific areas which could contribute to such a corridor have been identified (image above).


Flooding Extent, September 2010 (Using MODIS Imagery)

Flood Extent, September 2010