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Ground-cover and fire monitoring in Queensland's arid and semi-arid rangelands

Taube, C., Collett, L., Hassett, R., Flood, N. and Hall, W. B. (2001) Ground-cover and fire monitoring in Queensland's arid and semi-arid rangelands. In: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 9-13 July 2001, Sydney, Australia.

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Arid and semi-arid rangelands cover a large proportion of the State of Queensland. The remote sensing team of the Queensland Centre for Climate Applications is currently developing operational methods for monitoring two very important indicators of rangeland condition: ground-cover and fire. The monitoring needs for these two indicators are very different. The high frequency, regional scale spatial resolution provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer imagery, together with its combination of thermal and reflective bands is ideal for monitoring active fires (visible for maybe only a few hours) and firescars (often visible for only a few weeks). In contrast, Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) provides less frequent cover-age but more spatial detail. Methods are being developed to use Landsat TM imagery to estimate ground-cover and identify trends in land condition, both spatially and temporally, in Queensland's rangelands.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Climate control Fire detectors Imaging systems Monitoring Radiometers Remote sensing Cloud masks Image analysis
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural conservation
Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
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