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Tereshchenko, I; Zolotokrylin, AN; Titkova, TB; Brito-Castillo, L; Monzon, CO (2012). Seasonal Variation of Surface Temperature-Modulating Factors in the Sonoran Desert in Northwestern Mexico. JOURNAL OF APPLIED METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY, 51(8), 1519-1530.

The authors explore a new approach to monitoring of desertification that is based on use of results on the relation between albedo and surface temperature for the Sonoran Desert in northwestern Mexico. The criteria of predominance of radiation by using the threshold value of Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) were determined. The radiation mechanism for regulating the temperature of the surface and the definition of threshold values for AVHRR and MODIS NDVI have an objective justification for the energy budget, which is based on the dominance of radiation surface temperature regulation in relation to evapotranspiration. Changes in the extent of arid regions with AVHRR NDVI of <0.08 and MODIS NDVI of <0.10 can be considered to be a characteristic in the evolution of desertification in the Sonoran Desert region. This is true because, in a certain year, the time span of the period when radiation factor predominates is important for the desertification process.



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