Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Deriving Phenology Metrics from NDVI

Filter Total Items: 3

Methods for Deriving Metrics

Phenological metrics can be derived from satellite data in several ways. Some researchers use complex mathematical models. Others employ threshold-based approaches that use either relative or pre-defined (global) reference values at which vegetative activity is assumed to begin. For example, seasonal midpoint NDVI (SMN) is a threshold-based approach that uses relative reference values to derive...
link

Methods for Deriving Metrics

Phenological metrics can be derived from satellite data in several ways. Some researchers use complex mathematical models. Others employ threshold-based approaches that use either relative or pre-defined (global) reference values at which vegetative activity is assumed to begin. For example, seasonal midpoint NDVI (SMN) is a threshold-based approach that uses relative reference values to derive...
Learn More

Challenges in Deriving Phenological Metrics

Regardless of the method used, it is difficult to create algorithms sufficiently robust to derive phenological metrics from certain types of real time-series NDVI curves (as opposed to modeled or simulated data). For example, in desert shrublands (see below), time series NDVI shows little seasonal amplitude. Ideally, algorithms should be able to identify these regions and assign them a value such...
link

Challenges in Deriving Phenological Metrics

Regardless of the method used, it is difficult to create algorithms sufficiently robust to derive phenological metrics from certain types of real time-series NDVI curves (as opposed to modeled or simulated data). For example, in desert shrublands (see below), time series NDVI shows little seasonal amplitude. Ideally, algorithms should be able to identify these regions and assign them a value such...
Learn More

Deriving Phenological Metrics from NDVI

Plotting time-series NDVI data produces a temporal curve that summarizes the various stages that green vegetation undergoes during a complete growing season. Such curves can be analyzed to extract key phenological variables, or metrics, about a particular season, such as the start of the growing season (SOS), peak of the season (POS), and end of the season (EOS). These characteristics may not...
link

Deriving Phenological Metrics from NDVI

Plotting time-series NDVI data produces a temporal curve that summarizes the various stages that green vegetation undergoes during a complete growing season. Such curves can be analyzed to extract key phenological variables, or metrics, about a particular season, such as the start of the growing season (SOS), peak of the season (POS), and end of the season (EOS). These characteristics may not...
Learn More