Australian Ground Cover - Final Report


Assessment of ground cover—generally the non-woody vegetation protecting the soil surface—is critical information for the management of soil condition and agricultural productivity. These assessments are applicable at national, state, regional and industry level as well as to individual land managers.
The Department of Agriculture invested $2.8 million (over 4 years) in a nationally coordinated approach to ground cover monitoring using remote sensing. The approach was supported by more than $800,000 in-kind from collaborating partners—state agencies, CSIRO and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).

The coordinated approach adopted was to improve ground cover estimates derived from satellite imagery for Australia. Establishing a national network of ground cover sites was pivotal to achieving this objective. The area of focus was the rangelands to help improve the sustainability and productivity of the grazing industry.

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