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Testing the relevance of daily MODIS data to monitor Mediterranean shrubland canopy water content with temporal cross-correlation analyses

Abstract : Drought alert systems for forest re prevention often rely on vegetation wa ter content (VWC) monitoring which is a key parameter in forest re hazard. In southern France, VWC is up to now monitored through regular eld surveys. Thanks to the theoretical sensitivity of shortwave infrared reectance to VWC, MODIS satellite data are potentially able to monitor VWC depending on plant species VWC magnitude. In this paper, a specic statistical approach based on temporal cross-correlations is developed in order to test the correlation between two MODIS water indices and VWC measurements coming from eld surveys. This test aims in assessing the ability of daily MODIS data to monitor Mediterranean shrubland canopy water content and detect any delay ect between MODIS and eld survey temporal series. Statistical tests are carried out for 29 sites containing 18 dominant shrubland Mediterranean species. 67 % and 54 % of signicant correlation were found using respectively the NDII and NDWI indices from MODIS data. Correlation were found low (0.5 maximum) with a dominant negative delay ect, i.e. with a MODIS signal that reacts a few days after the eld VWC. Test results show that, even if deeper pre-processing of MODIS data may be required, site soil, site vegetation cover and heterogeneity at MODIS pixel scale, as well as species VWC sensitivity make correlation between eld VWC and MODIS water indices non univoque and highly variable. It stems from this study that many obstacles are still to overcome, for an accurate monitoring of Mediterranean shrubland canopy water content using MODIS daily data.
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C. Delenne, Jean-Stéphane Bailly, M. Deshayes. Testing the relevance of daily MODIS data to monitor Mediterranean shrubland canopy water content with temporal cross-correlation analyses. International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems, IGI Global, 2013, 4 (1), pp.1-19. ⟨hal-02598573⟩

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