IJSRP, Volume 2, Issue 12, December 2012 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Ratnadeep Ray, Sakti Mandal, Arijit Dhara
Sustainable management of wetland ecosystem is necessary as it serves the important functions such as food storage, water quality maintenance and providing habitat for different species of wildlife. Hence an inventory of wetlands in any given area is a pre-requisite for their conservation and management. Here a study has been carried out to delineate the characteristics of inland-wetland of Nadia district of West Bengal using LANDSAT ETM+ and LANDSAT TM data for the year of 2000 and 2010.The data have been analyzed and qualitatively characterized based on the turbidity and aquatic vegetation status. Two kinds of wetlands have been delineated like ponds and ox-bow lakes. From the analysis it has been observed that inland wetlands constitute 5.7% of the study area and here the ox-bow lakes are locally named as ‘Bils’. Thus this study highlights the usefulness of Remote Sensing data and DIP techniques for wetland mapping and characterization.