Vegetation and ecosystem mapping
Feist, Blake E. Environmental Conservation Division, Watershed Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, Washington.
Box, Elgene O. Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
- Basic approaches and considerations
- Spatial scale and base maps
- Data gathering
- Map examples
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The graphic portrayal of spatial distributions of vegetation, ecosystems, or their characteristics. Vegetation is one of the most conspicuous and characteristic features of the landscape and has long been a convenient way to distinguish different regions. Because vegetation provides the basic framework of terrestrial ecosystems, maps of ecosystems and biomes have been mainly vegetation maps. Resources generally must be inventoried and mapped before they can be well managed. Thus, as pressure on the Earth's natural resources grows and as natural ecosystems are increasingly disturbed, degraded, and in some cases replaced completely, the mapping of vegetation and ecosystems, at all scales and by various methods, has become more common and important. See also: Biome; Ecosystem
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