Journal article

Rangeland biodiversity assessment using fine scale on-ground survey, time series of remotely sensed ground cover and climate data: an Australian savanna case study

Doug P Ward, Alex S Kutt



Savanna rangelands are undergoing rapid environmental change and the need to monitor and manage landscape health is becoming increasingly an imperative of government agencies and research organizations. Remotely sensed ecological indicators of disturbance offer a potential approach, particularly in the context of issues of scale required to assess and monitor extensive rangeland areas. The objective of this research is to analyse the potential of spatially explicit ecological indicators of disturbance to explain the spatial variability in species diversity and abundance (including introduced flora species) in rangelands. For two mapped rangeland ecosystem types in northern Australia, regress..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful for the help of numerous landholders in granting us access to their properties for the survey. This project was funded by the Tropical Savannas Co-operative Research Centre, Land and Water Australia and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, and the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University. Thanks to Lindsay Jones for assistance with GIS work. This publication was improved through the valuable comments of John Ludwig.