Delineating the Crop-Land Dynamic due to Extreme Environment Using Landsat Datasets: A Case Study

Bijay Halder, Jatisankar Bandyopadhyay, Haitham Abdulmohsin Afan, Maryam H. Naser, Salwan Ali Abed, Khaled Mohamed Khedher, Khaldoon T. Falih, Ravinesh Deo, Miklas Scholz, Zaher Mundher Yaseen

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Extreme climatic conditions and natural hazard-related phenomenon have been affecting coastal regions and riverine areas. Floods, cyclones, and climate change phenomena have hammered the natural environment and increased the land dynamic, socio-economic vulnerability, and food scarcity. Saltwater intrusion has also triggered cropland vulnerability and, therefore, increased the area of inland brackish water fishery. The cropland area has decreased due to low soil fertility; around 252.06 km2 of cropland area has been lost, and 326.58 km2 of water bodies or inland fishery area has been added in just thirty years in the selected blocks of the North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India. After saltwater intrusion, soil fertility appears to have been decreased and crop production has been greatly reduced. The cropland areas were 586.52 km2 (1990), 419.92 km2 (2000), 361.67 km2 (2010) and 334.46 km2 (2020). Gradually the water body areas were increased 156.21 km2 (1990), 328.15 km2 (2000), 397.77 km2 (2010) and 482.78 km2 (2020). The vegetated land area also decreased due to it being converted into inland fishery areas, and around 79.15 km2 were degraded during the last thirty years. The super cyclone Aila, along with other super cyclones and other environmental stresses, like water-logging, soil salinity, and irrigation water scarcity were the reasons for the development of the new fishery areas in the selected blocks. There is a need for proper planning for sustainable development of this area.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1268
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • North 24 Parganas district
  • crop land vulnerability
  • extreme climatic condition
  • fishery area identification
  • remote sensing and GIS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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