Very-High-Resolution Panoramic Photography to Improve Conventional Rangeland Monitoring
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CitationNichols, M. H., Ruyle, G. B., & Nourbakhsh, I. R. (2009). Very-high-resolution panoramic photography to improve conventional rangeland monitoring. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 62(6), 579-582.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalRangeland Ecology & Management
AbstractRangeland monitoring often includes repeat photographs as a basis for documentation. Whereas photographic equipment and electronics have been evolving rapidly, photographic monitoring methods for rangelands have changed little over time because each picture is a compromise between resolution and area covered. Advances in image sensors, storage media, and image-processing software allow enormous amounts of information to be collected efficiently and inexpensively, so multiple pictures taken at full zoom can be combined into a single high-resolution panoramic image. This project was initiated to integrate very-high-resolution panoramic images with conventional rangeland monitoring methods addressing three resource management categories: riparian areas, wildlife, and invasive species.