African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6754

Full Length Research Paper

Study on the seasonal dynamics of zonal vegetation of NDVI/EVI of costal zonal vegetation based on MODIS data: A case study of Spartina alterniflora salt marsh on Jiangsu Coast, China

Li Jialin1, Zhao Hanbing2* and Yang Xiaoping1
1Coastal Resources and Environment Research Center, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China. 2College of Information, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, Guangdong, China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 August 2011
  •  Published: 05 September 2011


The temporal and spatial variation of vegetation index is a hot issue in global change research currently.Spartina alterniflora salt marsh in Jiangsu coastal areas is taken as an example in this study, MODIS data is used to research NDVI/EVI seasonal variation laws of coastal zonal vegetation. The results show that the major phenological periods of S. alterniflora, such as turning green (seedling emergence), heading and seed maturity, could be well reflected with VI curves. This study provides basic data for monitoring expansion trend of S. alterniflora salt marsh, strengthening management, drawing on advantages and avoiding disadvantages, as well as supplying references for monitoring of other zonal vegetation in coastal areas.


Key words: Spartina alterniflora, seasonal dynamics, zonal vegetation.