Thursday, August 7, 2008: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
202 B, Midwest Airlines Center
OOS 19 - Approaches for Linking Vegetation Classification, Vegetation Mapping, and Remote Sensing Technologies
This symposium investigates the links between vegetation classification, vegetation mapping, and remote sensing across various scales within the context of environmental planning, management, and conservation. The symposium will bring together leading experts in these areas of research to share experience, exchange opinions, increase understanding, and establish connections among working groups. Participants will present both theoretical and practical examples of the challenges of linking these fields, as well as case studies that demonstrate examples of such linkages. The symposium will appeal to a wide range of vegetation and spatial scientists, landscape ecologists, GIS experts, land managers, and conservationists conducting environment research. The symposium will start with an overview of issues including the value of integrating vegetation mapping and classification along with its current challenges. It will then focus on several recent projects that exemplify common uses of vegetation mapping and the associated classifications that feed the mapping. It then moves to innovative approaches, including mapping using standardized classifications over large to small areas, specific challenges such as translating new maps and classifications to old mapping efforts, for the sake of tracking vegetation change, and integrating image analysis with photo interpretation for accurate multiple-attribute mapping. Finally, there will be papers discussing the value of vegetation mapping to habitat prediction and other demonstrations of the value to linking standardizing mapping and classification units. The symposium will close with an audience participation discussion of future goals for integrated vegetation classification and mapping.
Organizer:Todd Keeler-Wolf, California Department of Fish and Game
Co-organizer:Ayzik Solomeshch, University of California, Davis
Moderator:David Roberts, Montana State University
8:00 AMApproaches to sound and affordable vegetation map accuracy assessment
Del Meidinger, BC Ministry of Forests and Range
8:20 AMThoughts on the translation of vegetation classifications to vegetation maps: Playing by the rules
Todd Keeler-Wolf, California Department of Fish and Game, Anne Klein, California Department of Fish and Game
8:40 AMA report card for the National Vegetation Classification: Is it a standard in practice?
Chris Lea, National Park Service
9:00 AMPredicting forest stand attributes using multispectral and hyperspectral satellite data in southwestern Ohio
John K. Maingi, Miami Univerisity, William N. Tardy, Ohio University, Thomas O. Crist, Miami Univerisity, Ashley A. Wick, Drake University
9:20 AMMapping pre-Euro-American vegetation in the Midwest Driftless Area
Kumudan R. Grubh, Iowa State University, Lisa A. Schulte, Iowa State University, Brian J. Palik, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
9:40 AMBreak
9:50 AMComparing contemporary and 70-year-old vegetation maps in California: Lessons from the Sierra Nevada and the Bay Area
James H. Thorne, University of California, Davis
10:10 AMMapping vegetation using high spatial resolution imagery and object-based image analysis methods
Tim DeChant, UC Berkeley, Maggi Kelly, University of California, Berkeley
10:30 AMLinking ecosystem and resource mapping to applications of automated feature extraction
Ian Hanou, NCDC Imaging
10:50 AMFine-scale classification and mapping units for California vernal pools
Ayzik I. Solomeshch, University of California, Michael G. Barbour, University of California , Davis
11:10 AMUsing detailed vegetation maps to develop avian species distribution models
Diana Stralberg, PRBO Conservation Science, Thomas Gardali, PRBO Conservation Science

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