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Mapping perennial vegetation cover in the Mojave Desert

July 19, 2011

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Geographic Science Center have recently created a regional map of perennial vegetation cover for the Mojave Desert. The scientists used existing field data collected for a variety of previous studies and satellite data available for free through USGS archives to create a calibrated model of percent vegetation cover, an important attribute of desert ecosystems. This map is being used to inform ongoing scientific investigations and land-management efforts, including endangered species habitat mapping and vulnerability and recoverability studies of desert landscapes in the arid Southwest.

Publication Year 2011
Title Mapping perennial vegetation cover in the Mojave Desert
DOI 10.3133/fs20113077
Authors Cynthia S.A. Wallace
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2011-3077
Index ID fs20113077
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Geographic Science Center