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Title: Spatiotemporal Patterns of Pasture Quality Based on NDVI Time-Series in Mediterranean Montado Ecosystem
Authors: Serrano, João
Shahidian, S.
Paixão, L.
Marques da Silva, J.
Morais, T.
Teixeira, R.
Domingos, T.
Editors: MDPI
Keywords: pasture quality degradation
remote sensing
proximal sensing
cloud effect
Issue Date: 24-Sep-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Serrano, João; Shahidian, Shakib; Paixão, Luís; Marques da Silva, J.; Morais, T.; Teixeira, R.; Domingos, T. (2021). Spatiotemporal Patterns of Pasture Quality Based on NDVI Time-Series in Mediterranean Montado Ecosystem. Remote Sensing, 13, 3820.
Abstract: The evolution of dryland pasture quality is closely related to the seasonal and interannual variability characteristic of the Mediterranean climate. This variability introduces great unpredictability in the dynamic management of animal grazing. The aim of this study is to evaluate the potential of two complementary tools (satellite images, Sentinel-2 and proximal optical sensor, OptRx) for the calculation of the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), to monitor in a timely manner indicators of pasture quality (moisture content, crude protein, and neutral detergent fiber). In two consecutive years (2018/2019 and 2019/2020) these tools were evaluated in six fields representative of dryland pastures in the Alentejo region, in Portugal. The results show a significant correlation between pasture quality degradation index (PQDI) and NDVI measured by remote sensing (R2 = 0.82) and measured by proximal optical sensor (R2 = 0.83). These technological tools can potentially make an important contribution to decision making and to the management of livestock production. The complementarity of these two approaches makes it possible to overcome the limitations of satellite images that result (i) from the interference of clouds (which occurs frequently throughout the pasture vegetative cycle) and (ii) from the interference of tree canopy, an important layer of the Montado ecosystem. This work opens perspectives to explore new solutions in the field of Precision Agriculture technologies based on spectral reflectance to respond to the challenges of economic and environmental sustainability of extensive livestock production systems
Type: article
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