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U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3077


Mapping Perennial Vegetation Cover in the Mojave Desert

By Cynthia S. Wallace

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Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Geographic Science Center have recently created a regional map of perennial vegetation cover for the Mojave Desert. The scientists used existing field data collected for a variety of previous studies and satellite data available for free through USGS archives to create a calibrated model of percent vegetation cover, an important attribute of desert ecosystems. This map is being used to inform ongoing scientific investigations and land-management efforts, including endangered species habitat mapping and vulnerability and recoverability studies of desert landscapes in the arid Southwest.

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Wallace, C.S., 2011, Mapping perennial vegetation cover in the Mojave Desert: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3077, 2 p.

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