MODIS EVI and LST Temporal Response for Discrimination of Tropical Land Covers
AbstractMODIS enhanced vegetation index (EVI) and land surface temperature (LST) are key indicators for monitoring vegetation cover changes in broad ecosystems. However, there has been little evaluation of these indices for detecting changes in a range of land covers in tropical regions. In this study, we investigated the characteristics and seasonal responses of LST and EVI for four different land covers in Lao tropical forests: native forest, rubber plantation, mixed wooded/cleared areas and agriculture. We calculated long-term averages of MODIS LST and EVI 16-day time series and compared their monthly transitions over the seven-year period from 2006 to 2012. We also tested whether these indices can be used to classify these four land covers. The findings demonstrate the complex interrelationship of LST and EVI and their monthly transitions for different land covers: they each showed distinctly different intra-annual LST and EVI variations. Native forests have the highest EVI, and the lowest LST throughout the year. In contrast, agricultural areas with little or no vegetation cover have the highest LST. The transition of LST/EVI for the land covers other than native forests showed marked seasonality. Linear discriminant analysis (LDA) showed that there was high overall accuracy of separation of land covers by these indices (86%). The encouraging results indicate that the combined use of MODIS LST and EVI holds promise for improving monitoring of changes in a Lao tropical forest. View Full-Text
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Phompila, C.; Lewis, M.; Ostendorf, B.; Clarke, K. MODIS EVI and LST Temporal Response for Discrimination of Tropical Land Covers. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 6026-6040.
Phompila C, Lewis M, Ostendorf B, Clarke K. MODIS EVI and LST Temporal Response for Discrimination of Tropical Land Covers. Remote Sensing. 2015; 7(5):6026-6040.Chicago/Turabian Style
Phompila, Chittana; Lewis, Megan; Ostendorf, Bertram; Clarke, Kenneth. 2015. "MODIS EVI and LST Temporal Response for Discrimination of Tropical Land Covers." Remote Sens. 7, no. 5: 6026-6040.