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27 September 2006 Zonal calculation for large scale drought monitoring based on MODIS data
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Temperature vegetation dryness index (TVDI) is a simple and effective methods for drought monitoring. In this study, the statistic characteristics of MODIS-EVI and MODI-NDVI at two different times were analyzed and compared. NDVI reaches saturation in well-vegetated areas while EVI has no such a shortcoming. In current study, we used MODIS-EVI as vegetation index for TVDI. The analysis of vegetation index and land surface temperature at different latitudes and different times showed that there was a zonal distribution of land surface parameters. It is therefore necessary to calculate the TVDI with a zonal distribution. Compared with TVDI calculated for the whole region, the zonal calculation of TVDI increases the accuracy of regression equations of wet and dry edge, improves the correlations of TVDI and measured soil moisture, and the effectiveness of the large scale drought monitoring using remote sensing data.
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Hongjun Li, Li Zheng, Chunqiang Li, and Yuping Lei "Zonal calculation for large scale drought monitoring based on MODIS data", Proc. SPIE 6298, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability III, 62981V (27 September 2006);

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