[GRASSLIST:2147] Re: Aerial photos and noxious weeds

Roy Sanderson R.A.Sanderson at newcastle.ac.uk
Tue Jul 24 04:39:55 EDT 2001

Hi Rich

I've tried using GRASS with to identify Juncus infestations in semi-natural
vegetation in upland grazing areas in UK with variable levels of success.
These were based on true-colour aerial photos, scanned in on a flatbed
scanner, imported into GRASS and split into RGB components with r.mapcalc
before a supervised classification.  The availability of other wavebands
e.g. nr-IR would improve the classification, and obviously the lower the
over-flight altitude the better.  However, the key factor determining the
relative success is the contrast in spectral signature between your noxious
weeds and the other vegetation.  If the contrast is good then I see no
reason why the technique shouldn't work well.


At 14:28 23/07/01 -0700, Rich Shepard wrote:
>  Has anyone -- particularly in the U.S. -- used GRASS on scanned aerial
>photos to identify noxious weeds? I wonder if this is a practical approach,
>once one ground-truths the various species and trains the software.
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