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Book Chapter: Rangeland Monitoring Protocols

Monitoring and adaptive management are fundamental concepts to managing rangelands. Historically, rangeland monitoring was limited to determining impacts or maximizing the potential of specific land uses, typically livestock grazing, yet more contemporary practices address the increased uses of and disturbances to rangelands. Advances in rangeland ecology, changes in natural resource policies and societal values, and developments in remote-sensing techniques over the past 25 years have facilitated new approaches to monitoring that can support rangeland management’s diverse information needs. In a chapter from the book titled “Rangeland Systems: Processes, Management, and Challenges,” Agricultural Research Service and USGS authors review some of the conceptual and technological advancements and provide examples of how they have influenced rangeland monitoring. They also discuss implications of these developments for rangeland management and highlight challenges and opportunities for implementing effective rangeland monitoring. Researchers conclude with a vision for how monitoring can contribute to rangeland information needs in the future.

Karl, J.W., Herrick, J.E., Pyke, D.A., 2017, Monitoring protocols- Options, approaches, implementation, benefits In Briske, D.D., ed., Rangeland Systems: Cham, Switzerland, Springer, p. 527-567,[Details]

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