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DOI: 10.23977/jcgis.2018.11001 | Downloads: 102 | Views: 5919


Edon Maliqi 1,2, Petar Penev 2


1 “Geo - SEE Institute” branch office in Kosovo. Pristina, Kosovo
2 University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. Sofia, Bulgaria

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Edon Maliqi


Monitoring environment changes has become a necessity as a result of current environment deteriorating due to human activities like mining activities. In most developing countries like Kosovo (Mitrovica), acquiring information concerning the current condition and the dynamic changes of the environment for a rapid monitoring is not easy. The present study provides The Normalized Difference vegetation Index (NDVI) of the study area, Mitrovica. The main aim of the study is to monitor and evaluate changes in vegetation over the years, using NDVI time series outputs. As well as this technique of monitoring vegetation will be used to evaluate drying vegetation as e result of the mining tailings in this area, exactly because of the presence of the heavy metals that come by industrial activities in this region.The NDVI technique involves the use of remote sensed data in different time series extracted from Landsat 5 and Landsat 8. The Landsat satellite images give us reliable information for monitoring vegetation change according in NDVI time series. According to the present study, the NDVI data generated gives us valuable informations about vegetation. However, the study demonstrated that in Mitrovica was changed the vegetation over the years as result of human mining activities and climate change as well. The NDVI technique can be employed for monitoring vegetation cover and it’s values range from -1 to 1. The present study shows monitoring vegetation changes for 2000, 2010 and 2018. The NDVI time series Mitrovica maps computed in the study, range from -0.30 to 0.26 in 2000, from -0.09 to 0.47 in 2010 and -0.14 to 0.60 in 2018. This technique can be applied in different areas in the country and will be effective tool for environmental monitoring and evaluating vegetation change and vegetation monitoring as well.Furthermore, the study will answer to the many questions for vegetation change in Mitrovica and its change ratio.


Vegetation monitoring, Satellite image, NDVI, Time series maps, DEM, Land cover.


Edon M., and Petar P., MONITORING OF VEGETATION CHANGE BY USING RS AND GIS TECHNIQUES IN MITROVICA, KOSOVO. Journal of Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (2018) 1: 1-13.


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