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 150yr period in a selected area of SW Wisconsin. The first objective of the study was to determine the relationship between a reconstruction of pre-settlement 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. Three vegetation data layers were used. Pre-settlement vegetation maps were derived using government land survey notes compiled in the 1830s. The second data layer was created using an economic land inventory conducted in the 1930s. The final data layer consists of a present-day landcover classification utilizing SPOT satellite imagery and a maximum likelihood classification. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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