Using high resolution digital aerial imagery interpreted in a 3-D digital GIS environment to map predefined plant communities in central-southern New South Wales

  • Aerial photo interpretation of high resolution airborne imagery (ADS40) was used in a three-dimensional (3-D) digital Geographic Information System (GIS) environment to map native plant communities defined in the NSW Vegetation Classification and Assessment (NSW VCA) in central-southern New South Wales. NSW VCA plant community types form part of the NSW BioMetric vegetation type dataset underpinning NSW natural resource management (NRM) planning frameworks. This region was previously devoid of detailed vegetation mapping. In addition to developing a novel method for mapping plant communities, the use of ADS40 imagery allowed for capture of multiple attributes in each map polygon including attributes pertaining to dominant species and vegetation condition. Such data informs multi-attribute models used in conservation planning, providing utility beyond that of a singular plant community map. A total of 546,150 hectares of native vegetation in 100 native plant communities was mapped across the study area (Coolamon, Cootamundra, Junee, Lockhart, Narrandera, Tarcutta, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Yanco 1:100,000 mapsheets and Ariah Park, Wallaroobie Range and Yoogali 1:50,000 mapsheets). Exotic pine plantations and native species plantings were also mapped. Remnants of greater than one hectare were captured through on-screen GIS digitising at scales of approximately 1:4,000. The plant community type mapping was independently assessed using random blind validation points as having a user accuracy of 87%. This level of accuracy demonstrates the applicability of the methodology for mapping open forests, woodlands and open woodlands of south-eastern Australia and probably other vegetation elsewhere. Such accurate mapping provides end users with confidence when using vegetation maps in environmental assessment and land use planning.
Author:O. Maguire, Rob C. Armstrong, John S. Benson, R. Streeter, C. Paterson, P. McDonald, N. Salter, M. East, Murray Webster, M. Sheahan, D. Young
Parent Title (English):Cunninghamia : a journal of plant ecology for eastern Australia
Publisher:Mount Annan Botanic Garden, The Administration Officer
Place of publication:Mount Annan, NSW
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2013/03/28
Year of first Publication:2012
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/03/28
Page Number:20
First Page:247
Last Page:266
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 58 Pflanzen (Botanik) / 580 Pflanzen (Botanik)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia / Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia, Volume 12, Issue 4 (2012)
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