Year 2019, Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 33 - 49 2019-04-12

Remote sensing approaches and mapping methods for monitoring soil salinity under different climate regimes

Taha Gorji [1] , Aylin Yıldırım [2] , Elif Sertel [3] , Ayşegül Tanık [4]

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Soil salinization is one of the severe land-degradation problems due to its adverse effects on land productivity. Each year several hectares of lands are degraded due to primary or secondary soil salinization, and as a result, it is becoming a major economic and environmental concern in different countries.  Spatio-temporal mapping of soil salinity is therefore important to support decision-making procedures for lessening adverse effects of land degradation due to the salinization. In that sense, satellite-based technologies provide cost effective, fast, qualitative and quantitative spatial information on saline soils.


The main objective of this work is to highlight the recent remote sensing (RS) data and methods to assess soil salinity that is a worldwide problem. In addition, this study indicates potential linkages between salt-affected land and the prevailing climatic conditions of the case study areas being examined. Web of Science engine is used for selecting relevant articles. "Soil salinity" is used as the main keyword for finding "articles" that are published from January 1, 2007 up to April 30, 2018. Then, 3 keywords; "remote sensing", "satellite" and "aerial" were used to filter the articles. After that, 100 case studies from 27 different countries were selected. Remote sensing based researches were further overviewed regarding to their location, spatial extent, climate regime, remotely sensed data type, mapping methods, sensing approaches together with the reason of salinity for each case study. In addition, soil salinity mapping methods were examined to present the development of different RS based methods with time. Studies are shown on the Köppen-Geiger climate classification map. Analysis of the map illustrates that 63% of the selected case study areas belong to arid and semi-arid regions. This finding corresponds to soil characteristics of arid regions that are more susceptible to salinization due to extreme temperature, high evaporation rates and low precipitation.

Soil Salinity, Remote Sensing, Mapping Methods, Sensing Approaches
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Journal Section Research Articles

Orcid: 0000-0002-5098-2298
Author: Taha Gorji
Country: Iran

Orcid: 0000-0001-7065-7735
Author: Aylin Yıldırım

Orcid: 0000-0003-4854-494X
Author: Elif Sertel
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0002-0319-0298
Author: Ayşegül Tanık (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

Bibtex @review { ijegeo500452, journal = {International Journal of Environment and Geoinformatics}, issn = {}, eissn = {2148-9173}, address = {Cem GAZİOĞLU}, year = {2019}, volume = {6}, pages = {33 - 49}, doi = {10.30897/ijegeo.500452}, title = {Remote sensing approaches and mapping methods for monitoring soil salinity under different climate regimes}, key = {cite}, author = {Gorji, Taha and Yıldırım, Aylin and Sertel, Elif and Tanık, Ayşegül} }
APA Gorji, T , Yıldırım, A , Sertel, E , Tanık, A . (2019). Remote sensing approaches and mapping methods for monitoring soil salinity under different climate regimes. International Journal of Environment and Geoinformatics, 6 (1), 33-49. DOI: 10.30897/ijegeo.500452
MLA Gorji, T , Yıldırım, A , Sertel, E , Tanık, A . "Remote sensing approaches and mapping methods for monitoring soil salinity under different climate regimes". International Journal of Environment and Geoinformatics 6 (2019): 33-49 <>
Chicago Gorji, T , Yıldırım, A , Sertel, E , Tanık, A . "Remote sensing approaches and mapping methods for monitoring soil salinity under different climate regimes". International Journal of Environment and Geoinformatics 6 (2019): 33-49
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EndNote %0 International Journal of Environment and Geoinformatics Remote sensing approaches and mapping methods for monitoring soil salinity under different climate regimes %A Taha Gorji , Aylin Yıldırım , Elif Sertel , Ayşegül Tanık %T Remote sensing approaches and mapping methods for monitoring soil salinity under different climate regimes %D 2019 %J International Journal of Environment and Geoinformatics %P -2148-9173 %V 6 %N 1 %R doi: 10.30897/ijegeo.500452 %U 10.30897/ijegeo.500452
ISNAD Gorji, Taha , Yıldırım, Aylin , Sertel, Elif , Tanık, Ayşegül . "Remote sensing approaches and mapping methods for monitoring soil salinity under different climate regimes". International Journal of Environment and Geoinformatics 6 / 1 (April 2019): 33-49.