Nonlinear features and complexity patterns of vegetation dynamics in the transition zone of North China


Zhiqiang Zhao; Jianguo Liu; Jian Peng; Shuangcheng Li; Yanglin Wang

Journal or Book Title: Ecological Indicators

Keywords: NDVI series; Determinism; Recurrence quantification analysis; Transition zone; North China

Volume/Issue: 49

Page Number(s): 237-246

Year Published: 2015


Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) has been commonly used to estimate terrestrial vegetation distribution and productivity. In this study, we adopted recurrence quantification analysis (RQA) to investigate the spatial patterns of determinism of the vegetation dynamics ecological-geographical transition zones in North China, especially the differences between transition zone and the surrounding areas. The results indicated that there were obvious regional variances in spatial patterns of RQA indices—determinism, laminarity, entropy, and averaged diagonal line length. Remarkable differences of the determinism of NDVI time series also existed between transition zones and the surrounding areas. Moreover, the correlation analysis between the RQA indices and climatic factors suggested that the determinism of the NDVI time series was nonlinearly affected by hydrothermal conditions. Influenced by vegetation patterns, determinism reached the maximum when the annual precipitation is about 400 mm, which is the lower bound of cultivation and forest distribution, and along the 400 mm isohyet is the area where transition zones locate.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.08.038

Type of Publication: Journal Article