Bridhikitti, A; Overcamp, TJ (2012). Estimation of Southeast Asian rice paddy areas with different ecosystems from moderate-resolution satellite imagery. AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, 146(1), 113-120.
Multi-temporal satellite imagery from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) was used to map the different ecosystems of Southeast Asian (SEA) rice paddies. The algorithm was based on temporal profiles of vegetation strength and/or water content, using MODIS surface reflectance in visible to near-IR range. The results obtained from the analysis were compared to national statistics. Estimated SEA regional rice area was 42 x 10(6) ha, which agrees with published values. The model performance was dependent on rice ecosystems. Good linear relationships between the model results and the national statistics were observed for rainfed rice. High linear coefficients of determination, R-2, were also found for irrigated rice and upland rice, but the model tended to underestimate irrigated rice and overestimate upland rice. However, these high R-2 values indicated that the model effectively simulated spatial distribution of these rice areas. These R-2 values were either of similar magnitude or larger than those reported in literature, regardless of the rice ecosystem. Poor correlation was observed for deepwater rice. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.