Evaluating the Potential of the Original Texas Land Survey for Mapping Historical Land and Vegetation Cover

Indumathi Srinath, Andrew Millington

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on research to evaluate the potential of Original Texas Land Survey (OTLS) to generate information that can be used to quantitatively map historical vegetation cover and analyse pertinent aspects of vegetation ecology. Research was conducted in Brazos County in east-central Texas. OTLS data are easy to acquire and convert to geo-referenced autecological information. Reconstructing and mapping vegetation and land cover, conducting vegetation- and species-site analyses with to soil-ecological maps, reconstructing vegetation assemblages and forest structure can be easily accomplished. Due to the irregular surveying framework used by OTLS, mapping gradational grassland-savannah ecotone boundaries is impracticable.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number4
    Number of pages14
    JournalLand
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2016

    Keywords

    • Historical ecology
    • Historical land cover
    • Original texas land survey (OTLS)
    • Post Oak savannah
    • Texas
    • Vegetation cover reconstruction

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