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Standardized principal components for vegetation variability monitoring across space and time
Author(s): T. R. Mathew; V. K. Vohora
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Paper Abstract

Vegetation at any given location changes through time and in space. In what quantity it changes, where and when can help us in identifying sources of ecosystem stress, which is very useful for understanding changes in biodiversity and its effect on climate change. Such changes known for a region are important in prioritizing management. The present study considers the dynamics of savanna vegetation in Kruger National Park (KNP) through the use of temporal satellite remote sensing images. Spatial variability of vegetation is a key characteristic of savanna landscapes and its importance to biodiversity has been demonstrated by field-based studies. The data used for the study were sourced from the U.S. Agency for International Development where AVHRR derived Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) images available at spatial resolutions of 8 km and at dekadal scales. The study area was extracted from these images for the time-period 1984–2002. Maximum value composites were derived for individual months resulting in an image dataset of 216 NDVI images. Vegetation dynamics across spatio-temporal domains were analyzed using standardized principal components analysis (SPCA) on the NDVI time-series. Each individual image variability in the time-series is considered. The outcome of this study demonstrated promising results - the variability of vegetation change in the area across space and time, and also indicated changes in landscape on 6 individual principal components (PCs) showing differences not only in magnitude, but also in pattern, of different selected eco-zones with constantly changing and evolving ecosystem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9688, Fourth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2016), 968812 (12 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240711
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T. R. Mathew, Paradigm Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (India)
V. K. Vohora, Mapping Earth Resources Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9688:
Fourth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2016)
Kyriacos Themistocleous; Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis; Silas Michaelides; Giorgos Papadavid, Editor(s)

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