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Application of MODIS products to analyze forest phenophases in relation to elevation and distance from sea
Author(s): Rok Ciglic; Kristof Ostir

Paper Abstract

This paper examines whether satellite images can be used to see a green wave in the small but geographically diverse territory of Slovenia. We used the phenological products of the MODIS satellite system to analyze and calculate the correlations between the onset, decrease, and duration of greenness on one hand, and the elevation and distance from the sea on the other. A statistically reliable significant correlation was primarily determined between onset of greenness increase (onset of the vegetation period) and elevation. The other correlations did not attain such a high significance. The results of the analysis using remote data sensing were confirmed by analysis of phenological data from the Slovenian Environment Agency, which collects data on leafing out and yellowing of beeches (Fagus sylvatica), which are the most widespread species in Slovenia.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2014
PDF: 17 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8(1) 083669 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.8.083669
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 8, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Rok Ciglic, Research Ctr. of the Slovenian Academy of the Sciences and Arts (Slovenia)
Kristof Ostir, Research Ctr. of the Slovenian Academy of the Sciences and Arts (Slovenia)

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