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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2016, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 9-24

Method for estimating vegetation cover phenological characteristics from satellite data time series

T.S. Miklashevich 1 , S.A. Bartalev 1 
1 Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia

Accepted: 23.10.2015
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2016-13-1-9-24 

Available satellite systems provide global observations of the Earth with high temporal resolution. This allows us to obtain regular measurement series of the earth surface spectral reflective properties required for evaluating the phenological characteristics of vegetation cover seasonal dynamics. Most existing algorithms for estimating phenological characteristics of vegetation cover do not have the necessary flexibility. Firstly, they assume an absolute or relative threshold of some parameter (which usually depends on climatic and meteorological conditions and thus has geographical variability) to be an indicator of the onset of a particular phase of vegetation cover seasonal development. Secondly, existing algorithms for the analysis of satellite data time series generally do not take into account possible presence of several distinct local extrema of vegetation seasonal dynamics. The proposed method for determining vegetation phenological characteristics based on satellite data time series has the properties of spatial adaptability and is largely free from the above drawbacks.
Keywords: remote sensing, vegetation cover, phenological characteristics, time series, vegetation index, MODIS
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