Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 109, Issue 1–3, pp 243–253 | Cite as

Spatial Assessment of the Alder Tree in Kushiro Mire, Japan using Remotely Sensed Imagery – Effects of the Surrounding Land Use on Kushiro Mire

  • Kazuo Oki
  • Tsutomu Awadu
  • Hiroyuki Oguma
  • Kenji Omasa


The relationship between alder (Alnus japonica) distribution and surrounding land use in Kushiro Mire was spatially assessed using remotely sensed imagery. From the result, it was found out that the expanding area of alder trees in Kushiro Mire was affected by the agricultural land area in the upper course of the river basin and flooding in the lower course of the river. The soil sediments flowing into the Kushiro Mire from the agricultural land resulted in heavy sedimentation that favors the growth of alder trees. Consequently, the number and density of alder trees has increased. The future distribution of alder trees was predicted based on the mechanism of expansion of the alder-tree area in Kushiro Mire, and it was found that large vegetation areas in Kushiro Mire will be changed to areas with alder trees.


agricultural land flooding Landsat remote sensing soil sediments spatial assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuo Oki
    • 1
  • Tsutomu Awadu
    • 1
  • Hiroyuki Oguma
    • 1
  • Kenji Omasa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological and Environmental EngineeringThe University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesTokyoJapan

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