Ground Cover Monitoring – Rangeland and Pasture Productivity (RaPP)

Resource Developed in 2018

An online tool for Australian regions.

RaPP Map is the spatial data platform for the Rangeland and Pasture Productivity activity, part of the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative. This online tool gives access to a time-series (2001–present) of monthly satellite data showing the levels and trends of total vegetation cover, and the different fractions of cover (green, dead and bare ground – Figure 2) for global drylands and rangelands. It also reports rainfall.

RaPP Map will help NRM organisations to:

  • view the spatial distribution of total vegetation cover in their region. Where are the low cover areas? This can be done monthly with 500 m or seasonally with 30 m resolution data
  • understand how the cover is changing in space and time
  • understand how this month’s cover compares with average cover
  • see how the cover level ranks (as a decile) to equivalent months in the 18 year record
  • query the data and get an average total, green, dead or bare ground cover and rainfall for a given polygon (e.g. NRM region) over the last 18 years
  • explore results onscreen and download them for further analysis
  • set and report against ground cover targets monthly, with training.

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This project is jointly funded through Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and Stirlings to Coast Farmers.

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