Cropland classification in Iraq: an investigation of MODIS LCP and scale issues

Just a few days after publishing my latest paper I came across a similar paper that had been published recently: “Sociopolitical influences on cropland area change in Iraq, 2001–2012” by Gibson, Campbell and Zipper. This article investigates changes in cropland area in Iraq and their connections to the sociopolitical situation in the country during this…

Published paper: “Meteorological, agricultural and socioeconomic drought in the Duhok Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan”

After three years of analyzing, writing, submitting, revising, getting rejected, revising and re-analyzing again, the second paper of my PhD project has been published in Natural Hazards. This paper started as a short “side paper” on agriculture in Duhok, developed into a paper on drought and migration, and then ended up as a multi-perspective drought…

Friday map: Slope

This week I downloaded an ASTER Digital Elevation Model (DEM) (30 m res) from Earth Explorer to use in my classification of Landcover. My plan is to separate different types of landcover by looking at slope and elevation. I have about 250 ground truth points where I know the landcover, and by grouping the landcover…

Project structure

This project is inductive in the sense that I didn’t know what to expect when I started. So the first step was to collect data through a survey that gave information about people in the area. What they were working with, if they were doing agriculture, their struggles in life, the environmental problems they were…