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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2014, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 207-216

The use of MODIS data for estimation of agricultural crops damage on the territory of the Republic of Belarus by early spring frosts

S.L. Krautsou  , D.V. Golubtsov  , A.M. Lisava  , K.V. Lepiasevich 
United Institute of Informatics Problems, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus
The start of growing period in the Republic of Belarus practically everywhere occurs at the end of April – the beginning of May. Therefore early spring frosts are the most dangerous for crops which during this period are in early stages of growth. Spring frosts damage the crops, that leads to losses of considerable means for reseeding – on the average in the Republic of Belarus annual reseeding is 8–13% of the total area of crops. Potential of crops damage by early spring frosts is the highest in the northern (Vitebsk region), central (adjoining areas of the Minsk and Mogilev regions) and southern (the area of Polesye – adjoining areas of the Brest and Gomel regions) parts of the country. The degree of crops damage by spring frosts is influenced by the duration of the low temperatures as well as the low point they reach. The assessment of crops damage by early spring frosts of 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2009 on the territory of the Republic of Belarus is carried out with use of MODIS data. A good similarity between ground data and results of the analysis of MODIS data is received. That allows to consider them as a possible source of information for an assessment of damage volume and spatial distribution of crops damage by frosts for the whole country.
Keywords: spring frosts, agricultural crops, MODIS data, estimation of damage.
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