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Vegetation Mapping

BAAM specialises in vegetation mapping and interpretation, including field-based ground truthing of existing vegetation mapping

The mapping of terrestrial vegetation is derived from a synthesis of factors including underlying geology, soil type, vegetation community composition and structure.

Vegetation mapping is integral to categorising the ecological values of a site and is fundamental to identifying potential project constraints. It also provides a detailed picture of the changes in ecological communities across the landscape, which facilities further interpretation and refinement, including fauna habitat mapping.

Each state in Australia has its own approach to capturing official vegetation mapping data. For example:

  1. Queensland has developed Regional Ecosystem mapping of remnant vegetation and mature regrowth;
  2. New South Wales catalogues vegetation mapping for each region under the Vegetation Information System;
  3. Victoria, uses Ecological Vegetation Classes for conservation planning; and
  4. the TASVEG dataset, which underlies the mapping of ecological values in Tasmania.

BAAM supplements traditional vegetation mapping techniques with the use of LIDAR data and aerial photography. BAAM’s approach to vegetation mapping is universally comparable to other mapping datasets within Australia and further afield, and can include verification of existing mapping, greater spatial refinement of existing mapping or vegetation mapping in areas where there is currently no existing mapping.

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