Satellite Desertification Monitoring in Sahara

  • Mikhail A. PopovEmail author
  • Sergey A. Stankevich
  • Alexei I. Sakhatsky
  • Menny O. El Bah
  • Daoud Mezzane
  • Igor A. Luk’yanchuk
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)


Combating desertification in Sahara is important due to immense ­territory and lack of infrastructure. The objective of this article is the application of RS satellite methods for desertification monitoring in Sahara countries Mauritania and Morocco. It was demonstrated that RS methods is a useful tools to monitor desertification in Mauritania and Morocco. They require: dynamic nonlinear model of the ecosystem for long-time desertification forecast; database of the multi­spectral satellite images, thematic maps correlated with other geo-meteo-data; and passive microwave and optical satellite data fusion procedures.


Desertification monitoring Microwave and optical data fusion 



This research was supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, Grant Reference SPS MD SFP 984085.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikhail A. Popov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sergey A. Stankevich
    • 1
  • Alexei I. Sakhatsky
    • 1
  • Menny O. El Bah
    • 2
  • Daoud Mezzane
    • 3
  • Igor A. Luk’yanchuk
    • 4
  1. 1.Scientific Centre for Aerospace Research of the Earth NAS of UkraineKievUkraine
  2. 2.University of NouakchottNouakchottMauritania
  3. 3.Cadi, Ayyad UniversityMarrakechMorocco
  4. 4.University of PicardyAmiensFrance

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