KARST ROCKY DESERTIFICATION ANALYSIS BASED ON HISTORICAL DISP DATA TAKE TWO REGIONS FOR EXAMPLE
Keywords: DISP Imagery, Karst Rocky Desertification, Visual Interpretation, Georeferencing, Raster map, Vectorization
Abstract. Karst rocky desertification (KRD) is used to characterize the processes that transform a karst area covered by vegetation and soil into a rocky landscape almost devoid of soil and vegetation. This situation seriously affects and threatens the living environment and standards of local people, which results in a series of social problems. In view of the importance and harmfulness of KRD, many scholars have studied the spatial and temporal evolution of KRD and its driving forces. In this paper, the Visual Interpretation Marks of Rocky Desertification in Southwest China in 1960s are constructed by using the DISP image of the United States, combined with DEM data and Hydrogeological data. The area of rocky desertification in Guangnan and Funing counties, where rocky desertification is more serious, is about 2457.729 km2. The area of rocky desertification can be used as the basic data for studying the historical changes in southwestern China by researchers.