ARS  Vol.4 No.4 , December 2015
Change Detection of Rice Cultivation in Bangladesh Based on the Phenological Analysis of MODIS Data
Abstract: Mapping rice cultivation is indispensable for monitoring food supply conditions in Bangladesh because of the economical importance of the crop for supporting ever increasing population in the country. In this paper, we extract the rice paddy field using the MODIS satellite data for five districts of Pabna, Manikganj, Sherpur, Sylhet, and Gazipur, each of which is characterized with its own aspects in terms of rice cultivation. Land classification is implemented using the vegetation index information derived from the red (band 1) and near-infrared (band 2) bands of MODIS 8-day composite time series data for the two time periods of 2001-2003 and 2011-2013. Results of unsupervised classification indicate that the paddy area coverage increased about 4% and 1% in Gazipur and Sylhet, respectively. In Pabna, Manikganj, and Sherpur, on the other hand, paddy area decreased by 10%, 2% and 5%, respectively, whereas notable increase of 12%, 2% and 7% was found in homestead area coverage, which is becoming more and more important for better management of small-scale agroforestry. At the same time, in Sherpur and Sylhet, forest area increased by 1% and 2% over the same time period. As a validation of these results, the changes detected in Gazipur are compared with those previously derived from the analysis of Landsat data with higher spatial resolution of 30 m as compared with that of MODIS (250 m). Also, the seasonal rice cropping pattern is studied in these five districts for discriminating cultivated rice types. These changes suggest that as a whole, efforts are being made to increase the food production, though the influence of population pressure and economic growth is apparent in these regions.
Cite this paper: Shapla, T. , Park, J. , Hongo, C. and Kuze, H. (2015) Change Detection of Rice Cultivation in Bangladesh Based on the Phenological Analysis of MODIS Data. Advances in Remote Sensing, 4, 319-329. doi: 10.4236/ars.2015.44026.

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