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Training

Remote Sensing for California's Rangelands

How do we best match rangeland manager needs to remote sensing technology development?  This workshop began to explore these issues...

Date

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
USFS North Chaparral Conference Room
Vallejo
Lunch will be provided

COST: FREE

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Contact

Grey Hayes
(831) 274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: Central Coast Rangelands Coalition, Sustainable Human Systems

On April 19, 2011, a number of leading remote sensing experts and rangeland management practitioners gathered at the US Forest Service building in Vallejo to discuss current abilities for remote sensing to meet the monitoring needs of rangeland managers.  The following is a list of remote sensing priorities for rangelands managers:

  • Baseline data (may be collected over the long term)

                   To better understand the effects of climate change

                   To assist the Forest Service and others with “Condition assessment”

  • Effectiveness monitoring (Managers may need skills development for interpretation and they need access to yearly updates of analysis performed by others)

                       Could inform changes in stocking levels

                       Can help monitor restoration success

  • Plant productivity monitoring (Needs to be available at the large scale)

                         RDM

                          Changes to forage over time

                         Length of green season

  • Wildlife relationships monitoring

                         Monitor conditions for populations of game animals (especiallydeer)

                          Habitat change monitoring

  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Regulatory compliance monitoring: mitigation, easements

                            RDM

                            Oak canopy changes – called out in easements/mitigation requirements

  • Identify and monitor reference systems for mitigation
  • Annual grassland systems monitoring

                            RDM

                            Weed populations and cover

                            Bare soil cover

                            Watershed function

                            Plant composition

                            Erosion (active or past)

  • Perennial systems (Thought to be more difficult, longer term)

                            USFWS “Condition Assessment”- Composition(plant); Bare ground; Soil

  • Management changes

                            Water

                            Infrastructure (would be very useful for ranchers and others)

  • Oak recruitment

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Agenda: Remote Sensing for California Rangelands
PDF, 108KB
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

Contact List- Remote Sensing for California Rangelands
PDF, 261KB
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Applications and Research Using Remote Sensing for Rangeland Management
PDF, 5.9MB
E. Raymond Hunt, Jr., James H. Everitt, Jerry C. Ritchie, M. Susan Moran, D. Terrance Booth, Gerald L. Anderson, Patrick E. Clark, and Mark S. Seyfried
Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 69(6):675-693
2003
Monitoring Forest Carbon Sequestration with Remote Sensing and Carbon Cycle Modeling
PDF, 530KB
David P. Turner, Michael Guzy, Michael A. Lefsky, William D. Ritts, Steve Van Tuyl, and Beverly E. Law
Environmental Management, 33(4):457-466
2004

Links

CalFire Land Cover Change Monitoring Program
http://frap.cdf.ca.gov/projects/land_cover/index.html

Free MODIS and Landsat data
http://www.glcf.umd.edu/data/landsat/

Free multi-spectral image analysis software from Purdue University
https://engineering.purdue.edu/~biehl/MultiSpec/index.html

National Agricultural Imagery Program - useful for scaling down national data
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/apfoapp?area=home&subject=prog&topic=nai

US Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications - includes published case studies
http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/rsac/

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. info@elkhornsloughctp.org