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Can NDVI GAC imagery be used to monitor desert locust breeding areas?

Can NDVI GAC imagery be used to monitor desert locust breeding areas?

Tratalos, Jamie A. and Cheke, Robert A. (2006) Can NDVI GAC imagery be used to monitor desert locust breeding areas? Journal of Arid Environments, 64 (2). pp. 342-356. ISSN 0140-1963 (doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2005.05.004)

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Abstract

AVHRR GAC NDVI values for the locations and dates of all desert locust Schistocerca gregaria populations reported during 1985–1986 were found to be similar to or lower than
values for the same location and times of year during 1981–1994, using a variety of novel indices. It was concluded that this was due to a poor relationship between NDVI values and rainfall in very arid areas, in the light of an analysis of the relationship between NDVI data
and interpolated rainfall. Low NDVI values at the time of locust observations were not associated with unusually high levels of cloud, as measured by the CLAVR channel of the
imagery. Results were similar for observations of tree locusts Anacridium spp. and migratory locusts Locusta migratoria included in desert locust survey reports, but there was evidence of a positive relationship between NDVI and the presence of grasshopper populations, probably
because grasshoppers were found in areas with higher rainfall

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: grasshopper, locust, NDVI, rainfall, Schistocerca gregaria
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
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Last Modified: 11 Nov 2011 12:06
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3209

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