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Land classification of part of Thrace (East Rhodope) by visual interpretation of MSS images of first and second generation landsat images

  • Astaras Theodore 
  • Lambrinos Nikolaos 


The aim of this investigation was the classification of East Rhodope mountain ridge area and the surrounding hills and plains into mapping units by visual interpretation of 1:500,000 paper print enlargements of MSS false colour composites (bands 1, 2 and 4) of LANDSAT-4 and MSS (band 7) of LANDSAT-1, supported by limited field observation and background information available from earlier surveys and maps. The basic mapping units used in the present study was the land systems (developed by CSIRO in Australia) because they are easily recognizable on LANDSAT images by their destinctive combination of physiography, soils and vegetation.

The twenty various land systems occurring in the study area, such as high/low mountains with smooth/sharp summits, nearly flat/undulated plains, slightly/strongly dissected hilles etc., were defined and mapped on small scale of 1:500,000. They are of considerable interest because they provide the framework for production of the same scale geological and geo-morphological maps, erosion studies, soil, vegetation and other thematic mapping for natural resources surveys, because LANDSAT images reveal details of terrain and microrelief that can never be reproduced on a topographic map. Also this land system map may modify or add to earlier small scale thematic maps (geology, soils and vegetation/forestry maps) produced in the past by other techniques.


Landsat Mapping Unit Visual Interpretation LANDSAT Image False Colour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Astaras Theodore 
    • 1
  • Lambrinos Nikolaos 
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology and Physical GeographyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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