Ukraine-Russian political relations over the years have alternatively experienced periods of tranquility and turmoil with violent conflicts since 1917, including the events of the 2014 annexation of Crimea and the 2022 Russian invasion of the entirety of Ukraine. These conflicts remain developmental threats and their assessment requires multi-perspective analysis. Understanding the spatial dimensions of such conflicts and their consequences on physical and social spaces at varying scales could provide credible scientific impetuses on which targeted post-conflict remediations could be built. This preliminary study therefore takes advantage of the capabilities of satellite remote sensing, to provide quick and effective spatiotemporal analysis of agricultural landcover change. This analysis is conducted using proven methods of image classification including both supervised and unsupervised classification to explore the impacts of the 2022 Russian-Ukrainian war on landcover and crop fields in Eastern Ukraine. Both methods revealed significant agricultural vegetation decline from 2021 to 2022.
Agbozo, Michael S.; Marzen, Luke J.; and Mitra, Chandana
"A Remote Sensing Investigation of the 2022 Invasion of Eastern Ukraine on Agricultural Landcover,"
The Geographical Bulletin: Vol. 64:
2, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/thegeographicalbulletin/vol64/iss2/8