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Near-real-time cheatgrass percent cover in the Northern Great Basin, USA, 2015

October 1, 2016
  • Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) dramatically changes shrub steppe ecosystems in the Northern Great Basin, United States.
  • Current-season cheatgrass location and percent cover are difficult to estimate rapidly.
  • We explain the development of a near-real-time cheatgrass percent cover dataset and map in the Northern Great Basin for the current year (2015), display the current year’s map, provide analysis of the map, and provide a website link to download the map (as a PDF) and the associated dataset.
  • The near-real-time cheatgrass percent cover dataset and map were consistent with non-expedited, historical cheatgrass percent cover datasets and maps.
  • Having cheatgrass maps available mid-summer can help land managers, policy makers, and Geographic Information Systems personnel as they work to protect socially relevant areas such as critical wildlife habitats.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title Near-real-time cheatgrass percent cover in the Northern Great Basin, USA, 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.rala.2016.08.002
Authors Stephen P. Boyte, Bruce K. Wylie
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Rangelands
Series Number
Index ID 70177947
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center