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Who: Boise State University and Mountain Home Air Force Base

What: Creating a species level classification map through the use of Google Earth Engine (GEE), a cloud-based computing platform, to map invasive species

When: In-situ data collected in Summer 2018, a continuation of data collected in Summer 2016. Classification was created in Fall 2018. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) flights in August 2018.

Where: Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) in southwest Idaho, ecosystem is in the Great Basin Range (GBR)

Why: The introduction of exotic species like cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) has drastically altered the fire cycle of the Northern Great Basin (NGB) from 50 – 100 year burn intervals to 10 year intervals (1). Factors such as soil, elevation, temperature, and precipitation can affect the resilience of a sagebrush steppe ecosystem to invasive species. Remote sensing techniques allow large scale analysis of invasive encroachment and assessment of conservation efforts and land management.

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This document was originally published in ASPRS Annual Conference and International Lidar Mapping Forum 2019 by American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Copyright restrictions may apply.