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Land 2016, 5(1), 4; doi:10.3390/land5010004

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

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Center for Agribusiness Excellence, Tarleton State University, Box T-0055, Stephenville, TX 76402, USA
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School of the Environment, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
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Academic Editor: Kenneth R. Young
Received: 30 November 2015 / Revised: 22 January 2016 / Accepted: 26 January 2016 / Published: 4 February 2016
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: vegetation cover reconstruction; historical ecology; historical land cover; Post Oak savannah; Original Texas Land Survey (OTLS); Texas vegetation cover reconstruction; historical ecology; historical land cover; Post Oak savannah; Original Texas Land Survey (OTLS); Texas
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Srinath, I.; Millington, A.C. Evaluating the Potential of the Original Texas Land Survey for Mapping Historical Land and Vegetation Cover. Land 2016, 5, 4.

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