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Use of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to Assess Land Degradation at Multiple Scales

Current Status, Future Trends, and Practical Considerations

  • Genesis T. Yengoh
  • David Dent
  • Lennart Olsson
  • Anna E. Tengberg
  • Compton J. Tucker III

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 1-7
  3. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 9-15
  4. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 17-25
  5. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 27-30
  6. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 31-35
  7. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 37-39
  8. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 41-43
  9. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 45-50
  10. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 51-53
  11. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 55-56
  12. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 57-59
  13. Genesis T. Yengoh, David Dent, Lennart Olsson, Anna E. Tengberg, Compton J. Tucker III
    Pages 61-62
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 63-110

About this book

Introduction

This report examines the scientific basis for the use of remotely sensed data, particularly Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), primarily for the assessment of land degradation at different scales and for a range of applications, including resilience of agro-ecosystems. Evidence is drawn from a wide range of investigations, primarily from the scientific peer-reviewed literature but also non-journal sources. The literature review has been corroborated by interviews with leading specialists in the field.
The report reviews the use of NDVI for a range of themes related to land degradation, including land cover change, drought monitoring and early warning systems, desertification processes, greening trends, soil erosion and salinization, vegetation burning and recovery after fire, biodiversity loss, and soil carbon. This SpringerBrief also discusses the limits of the use of NDVI for land degradation assessment and potential for future directions of use.
A substantial body of peer-reviewed research lends unequivocal support for the use of coarse-resolution time series of NDVI data for studying vegetation dynamics at global, continental and sub-continental levels. There is compelling evidence that these data are highly correlated with biophysically meaningful vegetation characteristics such as photosynthetic capacity and primary production that are closely related to land degradation and to agroecosystem resilience.

Keywords

Drought Early Warning Land Use and Land-cover Change NPP RUE STAP/GEF Satellite Products UNCCD Vegetation Indices

Authors and affiliations

  • Genesis T. Yengoh
    • 1
  • David Dent
    • 2
  • Lennart Olsson
    • 3
  • Anna E. Tengberg
    • 4
  • Compton J. Tucker III
    • 5
  1. 1.Lund University Centre for Sustainability, Studies - LUCSUSLundSweden
  2. 2.Chestnut Tree Farm, Forncett EndNorfolkUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Lund Uni. Ctr for Sustain. StudiesLundSweden
  4. 4.Sustainability StudiesLund Uni. Ctr for Sustain. StudiesLundSweden
  5. 5.Department of Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences,NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA

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