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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 150-162

Satellite monitoring of vegetation affected by drought (using drought 2010 in Russia as an example)

I. Savin , S. Bartalev , E. Loupian , V. Tolpin , M. Medvedeva , D. Plotnikov 
Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, 117997 Moscow, Profsoyuznaya str., 84/32
The technology of operative monitoring of vegetation based on satellite data was elaborated. MODIS satellite data was used as a basis for the monitoring. The information on vegetation status is analyzed and updated every week based on MODIS time series for the last 10 years comparing with long-term average. The technology was used for monitoring of vegetation (both agricultural and forest) affected by drought 2010 in Russia. The regions where the vegetation was affected by drought were delineated. The acreage of affected vegetation was assessed based on satellite data.
Keywords: MODIS, satellite monitoring of vegetation, drought
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