Land useland cover

Land use/land cover was derived from coarse resolution IRS WiFS satellite data. Ground truth was collected through integrated use of previous year IRS LISS III hard copy (1:250,000 scale) satellite data, Survey of India (SOI) toposheets and handheld Global Positioning System (GPS). Combination of satellite data acquired during kharif (September and October, 2001) and rabi (January and March, 2002) seasons were digitally classified to land use/land cover information classes for kharif and rabi, respectively using MXL classifier. Agricultural land use classes in rabi season were refined with respect to land use information in kharif season and crop calendar of major crops cultivated in the region. Finally, classified land use /land cover information of kharif and rabi seasons were logically integrated on a pixel by pixel basis in raster GIS for deriving cropping system or composite land use/land cover (Fig. 3).

Paddy - Fallow Paddy -Sugarcane Paddy - Wheat River

Settlement Sugarcane Sugarcane - Fallow Sugarcane - Wheat

Composite Land Use

Barren/Scrub

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Deciduous Forest

Dense Forest

Fallow - Fallow

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Fallow - Sugarcane

Fallow - Wheat

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Forest Plantation

H

Lake

SO

Moderately Dense Forest

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Paddy - Fallow Paddy -Sugarcane Paddy - Wheat River

Settlement Sugarcane Sugarcane - Fallow Sugarcane - Wheat

Suggested Land Use

H Afforestation

Agro Horticulture l i Double crop agriculture Forest

Suggested Land Use

H Afforestation

Agro Horticulture l i Double crop agriculture Forest

Forest Plantation ■ Lake ™ River a Settlement Social Forestry

Figure 3: Suggested land use based on AEZs and present land use

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