Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1281-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1281-2020
Research article
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11 Mar 2020
Research article |  | 11 Mar 2020

Comparing stability in random forest models to map Northern Great Plains plant communities in pastures occupied by prairie dogs using Pleiades imagery

Jameson R. Brennan, Patricia S. Johnson, and Niall P. Hanan

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Prairie dogs have been described as a keystone species and are important for grassland conservation, yet concerns exist over the impact of prairie dogs on livestock production. The aim of this study was to classify plant communities on and off prairie dog towns in South Dakota and determine the utility of using remote sensing to identity prairie dog colony extent. The results show that remote sensing is effective at determining prairie dog colony boundaries.
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