Downloading and processing MODIS with fast and free tools

Here's a simple way of processing MODIS: downloading, extracting the bands from HDF as GEOTIFF, merging tiles and reprojecting. Area extraction, NDVI calculation, cloud filtering and more can be done in GRASS for example. It's Linux based, but can easily used in Windows. My way might not be the most elegant, but it's fast and … Continue reading Downloading and processing MODIS with fast and free tools

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Be cautious using GIMMS3g v0 for trend analysis!

GIMMS3g NDVI is widely used to assess vegetation trends from local to global scale. And even though it is the best long term dataset available right now (July 2015), people should be aware that a serious error affects the dataset in semi arid areas, like the Sahel, which has severe impacts on trend analysis. The … Continue reading Be cautious using GIMMS3g v0 for trend analysis!

Smoothing/Filtering a NDVI time series using a Savitzky Golay filter and R

Coarse scaled NDVI (or FAPAR, EVI...) images have a high temporal frequency and are delivered as Maximum Value Composites (MVC) of several days, which means the highest value is taken, assuming that clouds and other contaminated pixels have low values. However, especially in areas with a rainy season, the composites over 10-16 days still contain … Continue reading Smoothing/Filtering a NDVI time series using a Savitzky Golay filter and R

Pixel-wise regression between two raster time series (e.g. NDVI and rainfall)

Doing a pixel-wise regression between two raster time series can be useful for several reasons, for example: find the relation between vegetation and rainfall for each pixel, e.g. a low correlation could be a sign of degradation derive regression coefficients to model the depending variable using the independend variable (e.g. model NDVI with rainfall data) … Continue reading Pixel-wise regression between two raster time series (e.g. NDVI and rainfall)

Renaming, converting, clipping: script based raster time series processing

When working with remotely sensed time series data (e.g. MODIS, AVHRR, GIMMS, etc.), bulk processing can save a lot of time. Using a terminal in a Linux environment, simple scripts can process thousends of files in short time. Here are some basic hints on how to start, gdal has to be installed. For Windows users … Continue reading Renaming, converting, clipping: script based raster time series processing

Pixel-wise time series trend anaylsis with NDVI (GIMMS) and R

The GIMMS dataset is currently offline and the new GIMMS3g will soon be released, but it does not really matter which type of data is used for this purpose. It can also be SPOT VGT, MODIS or anything else as long as the temporal resolution is high and the time frame is long enough to … Continue reading Pixel-wise time series trend anaylsis with NDVI (GIMMS) and R

Simple time series analysis with GIMMS NDVI and R

Time series analysis with satellite derived greenness indexes (e.g. NDVI) is a powerfull tool to assess environmental processes. AVHRR, MODIS and SPOT VGT provide global and daily imagery. Creating some plots is a simple task, and here is a rough start how it is done with GIMMS NDVI. All we need is the free software … Continue reading Simple time series analysis with GIMMS NDVI and R