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Jolene T. Fisher, Barend F.N. Erasmus, Ed T.F. Witkowski, Jan van Aardt, Konrad J. Wessels and Gregory P. Asner Savanna woody vegetation classification – now in 3-D Applied Vegetation Science 17

Version of Record online: 21 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12048

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We developed a three-dimensional woody vegetation structural classification for savannas to capture the context of biogeophysical drivers. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data were used to calculate Canopy Cover, Sub-canopy Cover, Canopy Layers, Simpson's Diversity Index and Cohesion for 0.25 ha grid cells based on vertical and horizontal spatial arrangement of vegetation. The classification provides a sensitive change detection method.

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