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Miško M. MILANOVIĆ1, Tanja MICIĆ2*, Tin LUKIĆ1,2, Snežana S. NENADOVIĆ3, Biljana BASARIN2, Dejan J. FILIPOVIĆ1, Milisav TOMIĆ4, Ivan SAMARDŽIĆ1, Zoran SRDIĆ5, Gojko NIKOLIĆ6, Miloš M. NINKOVIĆ1, Dušan SAKULSKI7 & Branko RISTANOVIĆ2
1University of Belgrade, Faculty of Geography, Studentski trg 3/3, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia;
2University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, Trg Dositeja Obradovića 3, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia, corresponding author: email@example.com
3Laboratory for Material Science, Institute of Nuclear Sciences ‘‘Vinča’’, POBox 522, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia,
4Service for the Protection and Improvement of the Environment, Branch RB Kolubara, Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Lazarevac 11550, Serbia
5Military Geographical Institute, Mije Kovačevića 5, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia.
6University of Montenegro, Faculty of Philosphy, Institute for Geography, Danila Bojovića 3, 81400 Nikšić, Montenegro.
7University of Novi Sad, BioSense Institute, Zorana Đinđića 1, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia.
APPLICATION OF LANDSAT-DERIVED NDVI IN MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT OF VEGETATION COVER CHANGES IN CENTRAL SERBIA, Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, February 2019, Vol. 14, No. 1, p. 119 - 129; DOI:10.26471/cjees/2019/014/064
This paper evaluates the application of the Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) in the monitoring and assessment of temporal vegetation cover changes (from 2006 to 2014) in three municipalities of Central Serbia: Topola, Jagodina and Kuršumlija. Additionally, special focus is placed on the analysis of the forest areas and the possible use of NDVI in the forest management sector. Results of the NDVI applied through Idrisi software identify all vegetation cover types and their typical values for presented case studies and observed periods. Obtained results for Serbian case studies indicate two major observations outlined for the investigated period. It was noticed that vegetation cover is experiencing a certain decrease, and that certain discrepancies exists between the NDVI and official forest area statistics for certain municipalities. The study outlines the positive outcomes of the applied remote sensing techniques, especially for southern Serbian municipalities where illegal logging activities are pronounced. Hence, this method proved very promising for countries performing national forest inventories, such as Serbia, providing local forest managers with several essential up-to-date information about vegetation cover changes on an annual basis.
Keyword: NDVI, vegetation cover, temporal changes, forest management, Central Serbia
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