This map portal includes Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) imagery, which is used to assess the amount of live green vegetation (biomass) contained within a target area. What is NDVI imagery? Low resolution (40 km²) NDVI maps of Australia are available to view from the Bureau of Meteorology monthly (Click here).
NDVI & LAND CLASSIFICATION IN THE COWRA LGA
NDVI imagery can be used to classify land use based on the productivity (e.g. pasture and crop growth) of vegetation within a target area. Although vegetation growth is influenced by rainfall and moisture availability (See NSW NDVI vs RAINFALL 1999-2018) – other factors such as temperature, sunlight, soil depth and type, nutrient status, drainage, aspect, slope and elevation also have an affect.
By analysing NDVI imagery in a target area land users are able to determine the cause of the variation (field investigations, soil tests) and develop suitable, targeted, management strategies for that particular area.
Historical NDVI imagery of the COWRA LGA, taken during the peak of the growing season (dry-land agriculture) – late August to early October – (See COWRA Climate Graph) from 1999 until 2016, has been analysed to determine the extent and type of farming practices undertaken throughout the COWRA LGA.
Use the INTERACTIVE MAP PORTAL below to view median NDVI values during the peak growing season (dry-land agriculture) throughout the COWRA LGA. and identify the most productive parts of your area.
COWRA LGA – MEDIAN NDVI
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View NATURAL COLOUR imagery of the Cowra LGA