ASSESSING INTER-SEASONAL VARIATIONS OF VEGETATION COVER AND LAND SURFACE TEMPERATURE IN THE NCR USING MODIS DATA
Applied Ecology and Environmental Research
Mallick et al. Inter-seasonal variations of vegetation cover and land surface temperature distribution in NCR using MODIS data -4241 -APPLIED ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH 18(3): 4241-4258. Abstract. Complex land use/land cover (LULC) patterns were investigated in the National Capital Region, India (NCR). India have a major impact on prevailing surface temperature circumstances. Various studies have been undertaken to establish the relationship between Normalized Difference Vegetation
... (NDVI) and land surface temperature (LST) in various geographic regions and ecosystems over the past two decades. However, studies aiming to understand the seasonal variation of environmental conditions, especially the thermal environment at the regional level are missing in NCR. This study employs MODIS satellite imagery to assess the temporal relationship between land surface temperature mechanics for LULC and vegetation cover in the NCR over five seasons. Results showed that concerning the scrubland/fallow land areas and agricultural land, the difference between the maximum and minimum temperature is the highest for all seasons, largely corresponding to NCR Cities' peripheral areas. The LST plays a significant role in NDVI related to vegetation vigour and growth in the NCR. The study shows that the seasonal distribution of LST needs to be overcome with high vegetation cover and some other appropriate mitigation measures.