Impact of meteorological drought on vegetation change trends in arid and semi-humid climates (HablehRood Watershed)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD student in desertification, Faculty of Natural Resource, University of Tehran, Iran

2 professor, Faculty of Natural Resource, University of Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran

4 Professor, Faculty of Natural Resource, University Of Tehran, Iran

5 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Natural Resource, University of Tehran


Due to the importance of vegetation cover in these areas, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of drought, on vegetation of HablehRood watershed.Initially, NDVI index obtained from MODIS sensor was used to study vegetation cover and then SPI index based on rainfall data of two basins in two arid and semi-humid climates was used for drought assessment (2001-2018) using image processing methods. The results showed that during this 18-year period, 53% of the region had droughts on average. Also during the period 2001-2003, drought was more severe than other periods (2003-2018). In addition, the highest vegetation index occurred in 2005, indicating that vegetation was affected by rainfall fluctuations in the region. The correlation matrix between the three indices indicated that NDVI had the same correlation with SPI and annual rainfall. The results of this correlation in dry and semi-humid climates showed that the correlation was 0.38 and 0.25, respectively. These results indicate that this relationship is positive and robust in different climates of a region؟. On the other hand, drought class is mainly located in dry and semi-humid climates, with 55.55% and 50% in relatively normal drought class, respectively. Based on the above, it can be concluded that using remote sensing data can monitor the response of semi-humid and dry arid ecosystems to climate change. The study also showed that arid and semi-arid regions are highly susceptible to climate change and human anomalies. Therefore, the destruction of these lands will have many environmental and economic consequences.


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Volume 75, Issue 1
June 2022
Pages 103-117
  • Receive Date: 26 August 2019
  • Revise Date: 28 January 2020
  • Accept Date: 01 February 2020
  • First Publish Date: 22 May 2022