Case Study: URBAN VEGETATION MONITORING

Since 2009 ArborCarbon in partnership with SpecTerra Services have been using high-resolution airborne multispectral and thermal imagery to quantify baseline height-stratified vegetation cover and condition, and change over time throughout several Local Government Agencies (LGAs) in Perth, Western Australia. ArborCarbon and SpecTerra Services are the only companies in Australia to have successfully delivered on projects now over several years with a proven track record of delivering a high quality product and service for easy implementation into management plans.

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Project Description

LGA’s require precise information on their height-stratified baseline vegetation and canopy cover and condition for setting KPIs in their urban forest and greening plans. They also required a quantitative dataset for measuring the condition of their vegetation, and to monitor how this is changing over time. This is a very precise approach to sustainable urban vegetation management. Dr Paul Barber, Director of ArborCarbon, has been invited all over the world to showcase this unique approach.

DELIVERABLES: Detailed reports of the baseline height-­‐stratified vegetation cover, differentiating between height-­‐classes of 0-­‐3m, 3-­‐10m, 10-­‐15m, 15m+, and baseline condition using vegetation indices that are superior to NDVI for the measurement of Australian native vegetation. Comparison of canopy cover between suburbs, parks/reserves, roads, commercial and residential areas. Precise monitoring of biannual and annual change in vegetation cover and condition. Data presented in easy to interpret graphs and tables, and datasets provided in georeferenced formats for easy intregration into the users GIS (i.e. Intramaps).