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Applying a field spectroscopy technique for assessing successional trends of biological soil crusts in a semi-arid environment
Year:
2007
Source of publication :
Journal of Arid Environments
Authors :
Zaady, Eli
;
.
Volume :
70
Co-Authors:
Zaady, E., Department of Natural Resources and Field crops, Gilat Research Center, Agriculture Research Organization, Mobile Post Negev 85280, Israel
Karnieli, A., The Remote Sensing Laboratory, J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boqer Campus, 84990, Israel
Shachak, M., Mitrani Department for Desert Ecology, J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boqer Campus, 84990, Israel
Facilitators :
From page:
463
To page:
477
(
Total pages:
15
)
Abstract:
We studied the successional stages of biological soil crusts (BSCs) by using in-situ spectroscopic techniques during 6 years of recovery following scraping-sterilization and scraping-crumbling disturbances on north- and south-facing slopes and in plots with and without overland water runoff barriers. Two spectral indices, the Brightness Index (BI) and the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), were used as indicators for evaluating BSC succession, with special attention to differences between the north- and the south-facing slopes. We found that BSC succession could be expressed as linear regressions of the above-mentioned indicators during the experimental years for the different treatments. Both indicators were found to be significantly different in each of the experimental years: BI values decreased while NDVI values increased for each of the three treatments. Thus, the BI can serve as a good indicator during the early years following disturbance while the NDVI can be useful after crusts have become established. We conclude that spectral reflectance measurements of BSCs can be a useful monitoring technique for studying the regeneration of the soil surface without direct disturbance. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Biological soil crust
Brightness index
environmental assessment
field method
NDVI
runoff
spectroscopy
Succession
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DOI :
10.1016/j.jaridenv.2007.01.004
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Scopus
Publication Type:
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Language:
English
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21730
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Zaady, E., Department of Natural Resources and Field crops, Gilat Research Center, Agriculture Research Organization, Mobile Post Negev 85280, Israel
Karnieli, A., The Remote Sensing Laboratory, J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boqer Campus, 84990, Israel
Shachak, M., Mitrani Department for Desert Ecology, J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boqer Campus, 84990, Israel
Applying a field spectroscopy technique for assessing successional trends of biological soil crusts in a semi-arid environment
We studied the successional stages of biological soil crusts (BSCs) by using in-situ spectroscopic techniques during 6 years of recovery following scraping-sterilization and scraping-crumbling disturbances on north- and south-facing slopes and in plots with and without overland water runoff barriers. Two spectral indices, the Brightness Index (BI) and the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), were used as indicators for evaluating BSC succession, with special attention to differences between the north- and the south-facing slopes. We found that BSC succession could be expressed as linear regressions of the above-mentioned indicators during the experimental years for the different treatments. Both indicators were found to be significantly different in each of the experimental years: BI values decreased while NDVI values increased for each of the three treatments. Thus, the BI can serve as a good indicator during the early years following disturbance while the NDVI can be useful after crusts have become established. We conclude that spectral reflectance measurements of BSCs can be a useful monitoring technique for studying the regeneration of the soil surface without direct disturbance. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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