San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Vegetation Community
2017-2019 Developing a Map of Ecological Integrity Using Remote Sensing

October 1, 2017 in progress

Project description

This project's objective is to create a map of ecological integrity using remotely sensed data. Data sources include high resolution lidar and high resolution 4-band imagery from multiple sources. Final products from this work will include: 1) an updated high resolution Digital Elevation Model, 2) an updated high resolution Digital Surface Model, 3) a raster image depicting vegetation height (using lidar), 4) a raster image depicting herbaceous, shrub, and tree cover, 5) a map layer of ecological integrity (at a 50m grid) for coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, and riparian woodlands. Ecological integrity is defined for each vegetation community independently, based on analysis of previous field work. This project will build off the information and products previously created.

Project groups


Project Group: Vegetation Monitoring Methods

Project focus

Project type: Monitoring

Target vegetation: chaparral, coastal sage scrub, grassland, oak woodland, riparian forest & scrub

Main implementing entity: San Diego Management and Monitoring Program

Point of contact: Emily Perkins

SDMMP lead: Emily Perkins

Study lead: Emily Perkins

Strategic elements

MSP Objectives and actions:COSASC-2; CHAPAR-2; OAKWOO-1; GRASSL-2; RIPFOR-1