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Monitoring of damage from cedar shoot moth Dichelia cedricola Diakonoff (Lep.: Tortricidae) by multi-temporal Landsat imagery

H Oguz Çoban   , Ramazan Özçelik, Mustafa Avci

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 126-131 (2014)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1014-007
Published: Jan 13, 2014 - Copyright © 2014 SISEF

Research Articles

In this study defoliation damage in Taurus cedar (Cedrus libani A. Rich) stands in Turkey (Isparta region) caused by cedar shoot moth (Dichelia cedricola Diakonoff - Lep.: Tortricidae) was examined using multi-temporal Landsat data. Undamaged, low-damaged and heavily-damaged areas were located by assessing the variation of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index derived from satellite imagery. Threshold boundaries for different damage levels were defined using mean NDVI values obtained from sub-areas spanning over the whole range of NDVI values. The reliability of the classification based on damages was statistically tested by comparing mean annual ring widths measured on increment cores extracted from sample trees exposed to different damage levels. Significant differences were found in mean annual ring widths among different areas previously classified based on NDVI data. Mean annual ring width in 2001 (an outbreak year) was 1.64 mm for undamaged area, 1.04 mm for low-damaged area, and 0.54 mm for heavily-damaged area. These findings indicate that damage mapping and monitoring mass damage caused by insect defoliation in Taurus cedar stands can be performed remotely by using NDVI values and Landsat TM data.


Insect Defoliation, Remote Sensing, Dichelia cedricola, Landsat

Authors’ address

H Oguz Çoban
Ramazan Özçelik
Mustafa Avci
Faculty of Forestry, Süleyman Demirel University, East Campus, 32260, Isparta (Turkey)

Corresponding author

H Oguz Çoban


Çoban HO, Özçelik R, Avci M (2014). Monitoring of damage from cedar shoot moth Dichelia cedricola Diakonoff (Lep.: Tortricidae) by multi-temporal Landsat imagery. iForest 7: 126-131. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1014-007

Academic Editor

Massimo Faccoli

Paper history

Received: Apr 22, 2013
Accepted: Oct 13, 2013

First online: Jan 13, 2014
Publication Date: Apr 02, 2014
Publication Time: 3.07 months

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