Invasive Species Mapping

Some of the most problematic species of invasive plants can be accurately mapped with high resolution aerial imagery.

Some of the most problematic species of invasive plants can be accurately mapped with high resolution aerial imagery. Results reported in the scientific literature have been mixed. In many cases, low mapping accuracies have been due to use of the wrong sensor type, wrong time of year, wrong time of day, or wrong image processing approach.

Mapping specific types of vegetation can be a challenge and requires expertise in the relationship between plant physiology and image characteristics. Once all aspects of that relationship are addressed and understood, use of imagery as a mapping tool can produce accurate results.