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Remote sensing and vegetation mapping in South Africa

M. L. Jarman, N. G. Jarman, D. Edwards
Bothalia | Vol 14, No 2 | a1172 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v14i2.1172 | © 1983 M. L. Jarman, N. G. Jarman, D. Edwards | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 October 1983 | Published: 17 December 1983

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M. L. Jarman, CSIR, c/o Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Cape Town, South Africa
N. G. Jarman, Seaweed Research Laboratory, Department of Environment Affairs, c/o Department of Botany, University of Cape Town, South Africa
D. Edwards, Botanical Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, South Africa

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Abstract

The kinds of imagery, types of data and general relationships between scale of study, scale of mapping and scale of remote sensing products that are appropriate to the South African situation for visual and digital analysis are presented. The type of remote sensing product and processing, the type of field exercise appropriate to each, and the purpose of producing maps at each scale are discussed. Lack of repetitive imagery to date has not allowed for the full investigation of monitoring potential and careful planning at national level is needed to ensure availability of imagery for monitoring purposes. Map production processes which are rapid and accurate should be utilized. An integrated approach to vegetation mapping and surveying, which incorporates the best features of both visual and digital processing, is recommended for use.


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