Some potential uses of AusPlots Data and Samples include:

  • Isotopic or genetic analysis of soil and plant samples
  • Classification of vegetation types
  • Validation of remotely sensed ground cover data (e.g. fractional cover)
  • Species presence/absence for training or validation of species distribution models
  • Patterns (spatial, across gradients) in: fractional cover (e.g. proportion of green cover), growth form, and community structure composition
  • Time series analysis (increasingly possible, currently > 100 sites with revisits) to assess seasonal differences and trends and/or compare to time series remote sensing imagery
  • Development of ecological indicators for disturbance