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Evaluation of digital photography as a tool for field monitoring in potentially inhospitable environments

By Jacqueline Anne Gilbert and Kevin Richard Butt

Abstract

Efficient and accurate vegetation monitoring is essential for successful assessment of upland moorland restoration. Working conditions on open moorland may be difficult, and surveying and monitoring of vegetation problematic. Image capture by digital photography, with subsequent computer analysis, was used to monitor Calluna vulgaris post-wildfire. Problems, for example picture warp, associated with close range photography of quadrats, were overcome. Digital imagery measurements of vegetation cover showed no\ud significant difference compared with a traditional point quadrat method

Topics: F750, C100
Publisher: International Mire Conservation Group and International Peat Society
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:clok.uclan.ac.uk:1516
Provided by: CLoK

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