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A decadal observation of vegetation dynamics using multi-resolution satellite images
Author(s): Yang-Sheng Chiang; Kun-Shan Chen; Chang-Jen Chu
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Vegetation cover not just affects the habitability of the earth, but also provides potential terrestrial mechanism for mitigation of greenhouse gases. This study aims at quantifying such green resources by incorporating multi-resolution satellite images from different platforms, including Formosat-2(RSI), SPOT(HRV/HRG), and Terra(MODIS), to investigate vegetation fractional cover (VFC) and its inter-/intra-annual variation in Taiwan. Given different sensor capabilities in terms of their spatial coverage and resolution, infusion of NDVIs at different scales was used to determine fraction of vegetation cover based on NDVI. Field campaign has been constantly conducted on a monthly basis for 6 years to calibrate the critical NDVI threshold for the presence of vegetation cover, with test sites covering IPCC-defined land cover types of Taiwan. Based on the proposed method, we analyzed spatio- temporal changes of VFC for the entire Taiwan Island. A bimodal sequence of VFC was observed for intra-annual variation based on MODIS data, with level around 5% and two peaks in spring and autumn marking the principal dual-cropping agriculture pattern in southwestern Taiwan. Compared to anthropogenic-prone variation, the inter-annual VFC (Aug.-Oct.) derived from HRV/HRG/RSI reveals that the moderate variations (3%) and the oscillations were strongly linked with regional climate pattern and major disturbances resulting from extreme weather events. Two distinct cycles (2002-2005 and 2005-2009) were identified in the decadal observations, with VFC peaks at 87.60% and 88.12% in 2003 and 2006, respectively. This time-series mapping of VFC can be used to examine vegetation dynamics and its response associated with short-term and long-term anthropogenic/natural events.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8524, Land Surface Remote Sensing, 85240T (21 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.976626
Show Author Affiliations
Yang-Sheng Chiang, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
Kun-Shan Chen, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
Chang-Jen Chu, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8524:
Land Surface Remote Sensing
Dara Entekhabi; Yoshiaki Honda; Haruo Sawada; Jiancheng Shi; Taikan Oki, Editor(s)

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