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Analyzing time series of vegetation index and land cover for vegetation change detection over continental U.S.
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Paper Abstract

Global climate change has attracted increasing attentions in recent years as a challenge facing human life. Accurately mapping, quantifying and monitoring changes in the physical characteristics of vegetation cover is a key element in the study of global climate change. The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) has been used extensively in ecosystem and climate monitoring. This paper examined vegetation change over the last 27 years (1981-2007) over Continental US. Using history of the values of the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) which is extracted from satellite sensor data acquired by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration - Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (NOAA-AVHRR), long time series of satellite-derived vegetation index has been studied showing the increasing trend of vegetation index over Continental US from 1981 to 2007. The results demonstrated that the change of NDVI shows an increasing trend which might be induced by the global warming. The comparison of the land cover data in 1981 and 2001 validated the uptrend of NDVI.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7454, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability VI, 745404 (20 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826961
Show Author Affiliations
Di Wu, George Mason Univ. (United States)
John J. Qu, George Mason Univ. (United States)
Lingli Wang, George Mason Univ. (United States)
Xianjun Hao, George Mason Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7454:
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability VI
Wei Gao; Thomas J. Jackson, Editor(s)

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