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A visual assessment of vegetation structure for the Kruger National Park

A.C. Kemp, K.S. Begg, G.A. Benn, P. Chadwick
Koedoe | Vol 40, No 2 | a277 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v40i2.277 | © 1997 A.C. Kemp, K.S. Begg, G.A. Benn, P. Chadwick | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 1997 | Published: 06 August 1997

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A.C. Kemp,, South Africa
K.S. Begg, University of Cape Town, South Africa
G.A. Benn, University of Cape Town, South Africa
P. Chadwick, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Abstract

Vegetation structure was assessed visually for 1045 of the 1093 quadrats (2.5' x 2.5', ca 4 x 4 km) that cover the Kruger National Park. Vegetation categories recorded were-woody vegetation (broad-leaved, mopane, fine-leaved, mixed, riparian, treeless, scrub bushes and trees); ground cover (grass, grassless and open areas); and emergent large trees (baobab, live and dead). The results are available as grid maps or as files on the Internet. The categories were selected for their relevance to bird distribution but can be applied to other organisms.

Keywords

vegetation structure, Kruger National Park, vegetation mapping avian habitats, GIS.

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