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Title: Characterization, Mapping, and Monitoring of Rangelands: Methods and Approaches
Contributor(s): Kumar, Lalit  (author)orcid ; Sinha, Priyakant  (author); Brown, Jesslyn F (author); Ramsey, R Douglas (author); Rigge, Matthew (author); Stam, Carson A (author); Hernandez, Alexander J (author); Hunt, E Raymond (author); Reeves, Matthew C (author)
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: While there are many definitions of rangeland, the central theme of all these is that it is land on which the dominating vegetation is mainly grasses, grass-like plants, forbs, shrubs, and isolated trees. Rangelands include shrublands, natural grasslands, woodlands, savannahs, tundra, and many desert regions. A distinguishing factor of rangelands from pasture lands is that they grow primarily native vegetation, rather than plants established by humans. Rangelands are also managed mainly through extensive practices such as managed livestock grazing and prescribed fire rather than more intensive agricultural practices and the use of fertilizers. Rangelands worldwide are known to provide a wide range of desirable goods and services, including but not limited to livestock forage, wildlife habitat, wood products, mineral resources, water, and recreation space. Large populations depend on rangelands for their livelihoods, hence effective monitoring and management is crucial for sustainable production, health, and biodiversity of these systems.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Land Resources Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping with Remote Sensing, v.2, p. 309-350
Publisher: CRC Press
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, United States of America
ISBN: 9781482217957
Field of Research (FOR): 090905 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Remote Sensing Handbook
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