NSW Regional Native Vegetation Classification and Mapping Project

NSW Vegetation Classification and Mapping

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and UNSW have formed a collaborative project to work on scientific aspects of the NSW Regional Native Vegetation Classification and Mapping Project. The first research goal of this work is to examine and quantify the error and uncertainty in 1) vegetation community classification from field survey data, 2) vegetation community distribution mapping and modelling, and 3) the resulting vegetation map products. The second research goal is to develop new approaches that might address some of the error and uncertainty in these aspects. Two major contributors of this error and uncertainty are spatial and temporal variation and the type of analysis technique used. This conference paper from the Int. Ass. Vegetation Science Symposium 2014 (https://goo.gl/HfVVBJ) outlines the key motivation and rational for this collaboration, watch out for the forthcoming scientific papers in 2015!

Most of the code required for research completed to date can be found in this online repository (https://bitbucket.org/mitchest/unsw_oeh_veganalysis/overview) and is freely available for download and use by the public.

Another aspect of the OEH-UNSW collaboration is development and refinement of products from the Regional Native Vegetation Classification and Mapping project. Mainly, this includes refinement of the floristic classification of sites into Plant Community Types, for which revisions have been uploaded into the Atlas's Vegetation Information System (VIS) flora survey module (http://www.bionet.nsw.gov.au/). This also includes development of modelling and mapping approaches for mapping the distirbution of vegetation types across NSW - the latest set of map products have been launched for the Border Rivers, Gwydir and Namoi catchments and are available freely to the public (http://mapdata.environment.nsw.gov.au/geonetwork/srv/en/metadata.show?id=651).

If you'd like more detail about this collaboration, please head over to Mitchell Lyons' page and get in contact.


Research Program: 
Spatial Analyses and GIS
Vegetation Survey and Mapping
Ecosystem Dynamics
Research Themes: 
Terrestrial Ecosystems
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