Assessment of the Land Reclamation Condition Using Environmental Variables in Ellikkala District, Karakalpakistan
Shavkat Kenjabaev1, Murod Sultanov2, Christian Bauer3
1Scientific Information Center Interstate Coordination Water Commission (SIC ICWC), Uzbekistan
Adverse amelioration condition of irrigated lands is an increasing problem to maintain sustainable agricultural production in the Central Asian countries, especially in lowlands of the Amudarya and Syrdarya rivers. Establishing systems for analysis of land reclamation condition using environmental information which is difficult or expensive to collect, update, or upgrade, even if valid scientifically, will have limited utility when used for large, complex environments or when used for continuous monitoring. However, combined assessment of available variables is lucking in Uzbekistan in particular and in Central Asia in whole. How can the available data from different organisations be integrated? What are the relationships amongst the factors? These are major issues which are not easily resolved. It is, however, only through an integrated, multi-level, approach that both the land and water management and the existing interactions amongst the individual components of the landscape can be evaluated. In response to these problems, main goal of this study is to explore and review existing assessment methods used in Uzbekistan to assess and map land reclamation condition and find out environmentally sensitive areas, on which further land improvement measures can be taken.
Keywords: GIS, Karakalpakistan, land reclamation condition, remote sensing
Contact Address: Shavkat Kenjabaev, Scientific Information Center Interstate Coordination Water Commission (SIC ICWC), H.11 Karasu-4, 100187 Tashkent, Uzbekistan, e-mail: kenjabaevyahoo.com