Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing

2014 Edition
| Editors: Eni G. Njoku

Rangelands and Grazing

  • Hunt E. RaymondJr.Email author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-36699-9_155

Synonyms

Grasslands; Grazing lands; Pampas; Prairie; Savanna; Shrublands; Steppe

Definition

Rangelands. Type of land cover dominated by grasses, grasslike plants, broadleaf herbaceous plants (forbs), and shrubs, where the land is managed as a natural ecosystem for multiple uses including wildlife habitat, biodiversity, recreation, and grazing by livestock.

Pasturelands. Type of land cover dominated by grasses, grasslike plants, and broadleaf herbaceous plants, where the land is managed as an agricultural system for livestock production.

Plant community. Co-occurring plant species and their relative abundance and which is usually recognized by the dominant plant species or functional type.

Ecological site. A combination of soil, climate, and hydrological factors that have the potential for a distinctive climax plant community with a given amount of net primary production.

Rangelandhealth. The degree to which the integrity of the soil is maintained and ecological processes are sustained.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing LaboratoryBeltsvilleUSA