BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 741          Total No. of Sites: 66
Survey/Project Name: Vegetation Mapping Validation
Abstract: Under the Biological Survey of South Australia there is a program to complete the survey and mapping of the native vegetation within the state. This includes both existing native vegetation cover and pre-European vegetation mapping. As part of this program native vegetation survey and field checking (ground truthing) are required to provide data to assist with mapping the native vegetation cover, floristic and structural composition. The regions to be studied for existing vegetation are the Far West Eyre Peninsula, Gawler Craton and Sandy Deserts (Maralinga Lands) areas. The regions to be covered under the pre-European settlement vegetation mapping are Yorke Peninsula, Midnorth (including Lower Flinders, Mt Lofty Ranges and northern Eyre Peninsula. Some work may also be undertaken in the other areas of the state as required to assist with the overall program to complete the state's native vegetation survey and mapping. These regional projects will involve field checking (ground truthing) for site selection and mapping purposes, native vegetation survey (including specimen collection), analysis of the vegetation survey results, image analysis and classification or digitising, and report writing. Survey conducted between March/April 2011.
 
Start Date: 08/03/2011      End Date: 30/04/2011
Survey Type: Veg Dominants (Ground Truth)
   
Study Area Description: Sample sites will be in the Mid North and on Northern Yorke Peninsula - within approximately 30km of a line from Wallaroo to Springton.
Objectives
         Vegetation: To provide an objective means of validating the existing DENR vegetation mapping.
         Fauna: Limited opportunistic sightings recorded during vegetation sampling.
Methodology
         Vegetation: A new rapid vegetation assessment method has been devised that collects information on the dominant plant species in each stratum (upper, mid and ground) present at a site.
         Fauna: *** No vertebrate methodology recorded

Data Distribution Rules: Public
Project Basis: Vegetation : Unclassified - pending reassessment.
Information Authority: Department for Environment and Heritage (BDBSA:S&C Div) - Biological Survey and Monitoring