Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS in Iraq

  • Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi
  • Abdelazim M. Negm

Part of the Springer Water book series (SPWA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi, Abdelazim M. Negm
      Pages 3-15
  3. Soil Characterization, Modelling, and Mapping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Weicheng Wu, Ahmad S. Muhaimeed, Waleed M. Al-Shafie, Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi
      Pages 19-40
  4. Proximal Soil Sensing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Banaz M. Mustafa, Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi, Asa Gholizadeh, Mohammadmehdi Saberioon
      Pages 95-118
    3. Qassim A. Talib Alshujairy, Nooruldeen Shawqi Ali
      Pages 119-157
  5. RS and GIS for Land Cover/Land Use Change Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Arsalan Ahmed Othman, Ahmed T. Shihab, Ahmed F. Al-Maamar, Younus I. Al-Saady
      Pages 181-203
  6. Land Degradation, Drought, and Dust Storms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Yousif S. Almamalachy, Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi, Hamid Moradkhani
      Pages 253-278
    3. Arsalan Ahmed Othman, Younus I. Al-Saady, Ahmed T. Shihab, Ahmed F. Al-Maamar
      Pages 279-300
    4. Ali Darvishi Boloorani, Najmeh Neysani Samany, Saham Mirzaei, Hossein Ali Bahrami, Seyed Kazem Alavipanah
      Pages 333-375
  7. RS and GIS for Natural Resources

  8. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 515-515
    2. Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi, Abdelazim M. Negm
      Pages 517-529

About this book


This unique book focuses on remote sensing (RS) and geographical information systems (GIS) in Iraq. The environmental applications include monitoring and mapping soil salinity and prediction of soil properties, monitoring and mapping of land threats, proximal sensing for soil monitoring and soil fertility, spatiotemporal land use/cover, agricultural drought monitoring, hydrological applications including spatial rainfall distribution, surface runoff and drought control, geo-morphometric analysis and flood simulation, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling and the effective management of water resources. Also, this book assesses the impacts of climate change on natural resources using both RS and GIS, as well as other applications, covering different parts of Iraq. 

The book chapters include tens of maps extracted from the remotely sensed datasets, in addition to tables and statistical relations obtained from the results of the studies of the chapters' authors. These studies have been conducted in different parts of Iraq; in the north (Kurdistan region) with its mountainous and undulating lands, in western parts which have desert soils, and in central and southern Iraq where there are salty soils, dunes, wetlands, and marshes.

The book is written by distinguished scientists from Iraq, China, USA, Italy, Iran, Germany, and the Czech Republic who are interested in the Iraqi environment. The book is therefore a useful source of information and knowledge on Iraqi environment for graduate students, researchers, policy planners, and stakeholders in Iraq as well as similar regions.


Vegetation cover mapping Soil modelling Proximal sensing Mapping of land threats Geo-morphometric analysis Hydrological applications Iraq Water Resources

Editors and affiliations

  • Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi
    • 1
  • Abdelazim M. Negm
    • 2
  1. 1.College of EngineeringKnowledge UniversityErbilIraq
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt

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