Analysis of contemporary and historical soil/vegetation/landuse patterns in southwest Wisconsin utilizing GIS and remote sensing technologies

P. Gessler, Kevin McSweeney, R. Kiefer, L. Morrison

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Abstract

This study utilizes several aspects of GIS and remote sensing technologies for analysis of soil-vegetation relationships over a 150-yr period in a selected area of southwestern Wisconsin. The study area encompasses portions of Iowa, Dane and Sauk counties, and includes wetlands, floodplains and loess-covered bedrock physiographic areas that contain a variety of soil/vegetation/landuse patterns. The first objective of the study was to determine the relationship between a reconstruction of presettlement vegetation patterns and the distribution of soil surface characteristics derived from digital soil maps. The second objective was to compare changes in vegetation patterns from pre-settlement (1830s) to the present. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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