Vegetation damage assessment due to Hudhud cyclone based on NDVI using Landsat-8 satellite imagery

  • Venkata Giri Raj Kumar Konda
  • Venkatesh Reddy Chejarla
  • Venkata Ravibabu Mandla
  • Vani Voleti
  • Nagaveni Chokkavarapu
Original Paper


Developing nations are abandoned against tropical cyclones because of climatic changeability; the atmosphere is probably going to expand the recurrence and extent of some outrageous climate and calamity occasions. Urban areas and towns arranged along the coastline front belt in Visakhapatnam region experienced serious harm because of Hudhud cyclone, which happened on October 12, 2014. The fundamental motivation behind this exploration was to distinguish the vegetation damage in Visakhapatnam and neighbouring towns. In this analysis, Landsat-8 satellite datasets procured prior and then afterward the cyclone have been utilized; image processing techniques have been completed to evaluate the progressions of pre- and post-disaster condition. Vegetation index strategy was utilized to assess the damage to vegetation. Arrangement results and land utilize land cover change investigation demonstrate that 13.25% of agriculture Kharif and 31.1% of vegetation was damaged. Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) maps were produced for the previously, then after the cyclone circumstance, and vegetation biomass damage was evaluated in Visakhapatnam and Bhimunipatanam. General loss of vegetation in both the spots was 30.67 and 43.37 km2. The result of this review can be utilized by decision makers for the post-disaster support for rebuilding of influenced regions.


Hudhud cyclone LULC NDVI Vegetation damage assessment Remote sensing and GIS 



Authors would like to thank editor and anonymous reviews for their valuable suggestion and also would like to thank Dr. Colil Arrowsmith, A/Professor, RMIT, Australia, for his suggestions on manuscript and proof reading.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Venkata Giri Raj Kumar Konda
    • 1
  • Venkatesh Reddy Chejarla
    • 2
  • Venkata Ravibabu Mandla
    • 3
  • Vani Voleti
    • 1
  • Nagaveni Chokkavarapu
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management (CDMM)VIT UniversityVelloreIndia
  2. 2.OS-GST Lab, Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, School of Civil and Chemical Engineering (SCALE)VIT UniversityVelloreIndia
  3. 3.Centre for Geoinformatics Applications in Rural Development (CGARD), School of Science, Technology and Knowledge SystemsNational Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR)HyderabadIndia

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