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Percent perennial plant cover used in modeling habitat of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in the Mojave and parts of the Sonoran Deserts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, USA


Original Data Basin Creation Date
2011-04-15 08:28:21
Original Data Basin Modified Date
2011-04-15 08:30:44


Percent perennial plant cover. The total perennial plant cover data were modeled using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) collected by the MODIS satellite and composited over 16-day intervals (Wallace and others, 2008), combined with field measurements of total perennial cover, estimated from line intercept transects at locations across the Mojave Desert (Webb and others, 2003, 2009; Thomas and others, unpublished data; Wallace and others, 2008). Total perennial cover was related to elevation and 2001 through 2004 MODIS-EVI data at the transect locations (R2 = 0.82), and the resulting model was used to extrapolate cover estimates for the remaining study area. The resulting data used [...]


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United States Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center<br />
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