A qualitative evaluation of Landsat imagery of Australian rangelands

The Australian Rangeland Journal
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The capability of multidate, multispectral ERTS-1 imagery of three different rangeland areas within Australia was evaluated for its usefulness in preparing inventories of rangeland types, assessing on a broad scale range condition within these rangeland types, and assessing the response of rangelands to rainfall events over large areas. For the three divergent rangeland test areas, centered on Broken W, Alice Springs and Kalgoorlie, detailed interpretation of the imagery only partially satisfied the information requirements set. It was most useful in the Broken Hill area where fenceline contrasts in range condition were readily visible. At this and the other sites an overstorey of trees made interpretation difficult. Whilst the low resolution characteristics and the lack of stereoscopic coverage hindered interpretation it was felt that this type of imagery with its vast coverage, present low cost and potential for repeated sampling is a useful addition to conventional aerial photography for all rangeland types.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A qualitative evaluation of Landsat imagery of Australian rangelands
Series title The Australian Rangeland Journal
DOI 10.1071/RJ9760053
Volume 1
Issue 1
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher Australian Rangeland Society
Publisher location Cottesloe, Australia
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 7 p.
First page 53
Last page 59
Country Australia