Agricultural Sustainability Approach Using Remote Sensing and Gis: Case Study in South El-Hussinia, North-East of Egypt

A.S.I. Hegazy 1 , A.H. El-Nahry 2  and M.S. Abd-Elwahed 1
  • 1 Soils Dept., Fac. Agric., Ain- Shams University, Cairo,Egypt
  • 2 National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Science, Cairo, Egypt

Abstract

This work aims to evaluate Sustainable Land-use Management (SLM) through bio-physics elements (productivity, security and protection) and socio-economic elements (economic viability and social acceptability). The investigated area, 27000 hectares, lies between 31O15² and 32O 00² E and latitudes 31O30² and 30O00² N. To assess SLM, geomorphology and associated soils were identified, the land degradation processes were recognized, then a Sustainable Land use Management Spatial Model (SLMSM) was built and used to assess the sustainable land use management in the study area. The area included three landscapes; fluvio-lacustrine plain, marine plain and flood plain. Four SLM classes were outlined; the relatively high decantation basins representing 62.4% of the agricultural area, the relatively low decantation basins (Class II) occupying 22.5% of the agricultural area, overflow basins (Class III) covering 9.5% of the agricultural area, and Class IV that found in clay flats, sandy remnants, overflow mantle and river terraces occupying 5.6% of the agricultural area.

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