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Zdunic, K.; Behn, G.; Dongen, R. (2012)
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: TA1-2040, T, TA1501-1820, Applied optics. Photonics, Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General), Technology
In the forests of south west Western Australia dramatic declines in tree health have been observed in recent years. The species Eucalyptus wando has exhibited loss of crown foliage in increasing stages of severity; this condition is referred to as wandoo crown decline and can lead to death. Determining the extent and timing of these declines is difficult on the ground due to the large distribution of E. wandoo and the observation of tree declines at a range of locations and dates over the last 40 years. Understanding the distribution, severity and timing of these declines is essential to the identification of the causes of these impacts.

Investigation of time series Landsat imagery can inform on locations of crown foliage loss and the time periods these losses occurred in. Applying a vegetation index to a 20 year sequence of imagery enabled periods of decline to be identified. Employment of trend analysis of four date time series demonstrated the dynamics of wandoo crown cover. Comparisons of periods of decline with the variations of cover density over the entire image sequence facilitated the identification of possible locations and timing of wandoo crown decline impacts. Changes in crown cover observed by the imagery analysis were compared to field surveys.
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