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Title: Estimating pasture land cover in the New England region of Northern New South Wales
Contributor(s): Donald, Graham (author); Trotter, Mark  (author); Hulm, Elizabeth (author)
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: Land cover across the southern Australian temperate agricultural region comprises primarily of native pasture, introduced improved pastures and crops for livestock production and also perennial remnant vegetation. A feed-base pasture audit was carried out throughout southern Australia commencing mid-year 2011 (Donald and Burge 2012; Donald et al. 2012). The purpose of the audit was to map and analyse information obtained about the pasture feed-base for livestock production by surveying Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) across the southern states. The purpose of this Feed-Base audit was to survey pastures within agricultural NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and South-Western Australia, collate these data into an organised database, and prepare a short report and summarise by tabulating and mapping pasture species abundance and distribution. Data collected were based on "desk-top estimates" by state district agronomists and agricultural consultants. In this paper a method using satellite imagery is described on how more objective assessments of pasture types can be provided as a means to discriminate between the SLA's major pasture classes far more objectively than by visual assessment. Satellite remote sensing may be used to define landcover classes for large regional areas. A number of procedures have been developed to discriminate between pastures, crop and woody vegetation (for example Hill et al. 1997, Emelyanova et al. 2008). In the Hill study (Hill et al. 1997) NOAA AVHRR NDVI provided spatial land cover maps of pasture cover at 1 km resolution. The classifications results in that study showed that satellite information may be used to help in the interpretation of pasture survey results, and in turn, the survey data can provide some validation data for the pasture types ascribed to the remotely sensed classes. In this study daily temporal continental scale imagery from 250m² resolution TERRA and AQUA satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) composited into weekly continental images provided a means to assess temporal profile of spectral greenness over the growing season.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 22nd International Grassland Congress: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain Our Communities, Sydney, Australia, 15th - 19th September, 2013
Conference Details: 22nd International Grassland Congress: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain Our Communities, Sydney, Australia, 15th - 19th September, 2013
Source of Publication: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities: Proceedings of the 22nd International Grassland Congress, p. 879-880
Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
Place of Publication: Orange, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 830499 Pasture, Browse and Fodder Crops not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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