[Spatiotemporal variation of vegetation in northern Shaanxi of Northwest China based on SPOT-VGT NDVI]

Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao. 2012 Jul;23(7):1897-903.
[Article in Chinese]


By using 1998-2010 SPOT-VGT NDVI images, this paper analyzed the spatiotemporal variation of vegetation in northern Shaanxi. In 1998-2010, the NDVI in northern Shaanxi had an obvious seasonal variation. The average monthly NDVI was the minimum (0.14) in January and the maximum (0.46) in August, with a mean value of 0.28. The average annual NDVI presented an overall increasing trend, indicating that the vegetation in this area was in restoring. Spatially, the restoration of vegetation in this area was concentrated in central south part, and the degradation mainly occurred in the north of the Great Wall. Air temperature and precipitation were the important climate factors affecting the variation of vegetation, with the linear correlation coefficients to NDVI being 0.72 and 0.58, respectively. The regions with better restored vegetation were mainly on the slopes of 15 degrees-25 degrees, indicating that the Program of Conversion of Cropland to Forestland and Grassland had a favorable effect in the vegetation restoration in northern Shaanxi.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • China
  • Climate*
  • Ecosystem*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Restoration and Remediation / methods*
  • Plant Development*
  • Poaceae / growth & development
  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis
  • Trees / growth & development*