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We analyzed very-high-resolution imagery to assess status of Metrosideros polymorpha forests across an 83,603 hectare study area that experienced extensive canopy dieback in the 1970s on the eastern side of the island of Hawaii. Using GIS we generated 1170 virtual vegetation plots with a 100 m radius; 541 plots in areas mapped in 1977 with trees dead or mostly defoliated (dieback), and 629 plots in adjacent wet forest habitat, previously mapped as non-dieback condition. In each plot we estimated the percent of M. polymorpha trees dead or mostly defoliated, and percent of trees with healthy crowns. These results were combined with habitat data to produce a spatial model depicting probability of canopy dieback within...
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Several previously published reports and geographic information system (GIS) data layers were used to code information on site attributes for each assessment plot using the spatial join tool in ArcMap. This information was used for an analysis of dieback and non-dieback habitat characteristics. The results of this analysis are presented in this table which depicts the probability of heavy to severe canopy dieback occurring at some time at a particular 30 x 30 m pixel location within the study area.
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We analyzed very-high-resolution imagery to assess status of Metrosideros polymorpha forests across an 83,603-hectare study area that experienced extensive canopy dieback in the 1970s on the eastern side of the island of Hawaii. Using GIS we generated 1,170 virtual vegetation plots with a 100-m radius; 541 plots in areas mapped in 1977 with trees dead or mostly defoliated (dieback), and 629 plots in adjacent wet forest habitat, previously mapped as non-dieback condition. In each plot we estimated the percent of M. polymorpha trees dead or mostly defoliated, and percent of trees with healthy crowns. These results were combined with habitat data to produce a spatial model depicting probability of canopy dieback within...
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This data set includes an accuracy assessment of the repeatability of identifying heavy to severe tree canopy dieback in virtual plots located within the Ohia Dieback 83,603 hectare study area.
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This data set provides the locations of the ground-based vegetation plots that have been used to assess the status of the ohia forests on the eastern side of the island of Hawaii following a landscape-level canopy dieback event that occurred in this area in the 1970s. These plots have been resurveyed several times and the results summarized by Boehmer et al. 2013.


    map background search result map search result map Hawaii Island Regeneration of Metrosideros polymorpha forests since landscape-level canopy dieback in the 1970s Ohia Dieback Study - 1977 Ground Survey Plot Locations Ohia Dieback Study - Canopy Status Accuracy Assessment Ohia Dieback Study - Hawaii Island Canopy Status Assessment Table, 1977 - 2015 Ohia Dieback Study - Dieback Model Results Table Hawaii Island Regeneration of Metrosideros polymorpha forests since landscape-level canopy dieback in the 1970s Ohia Dieback Study - 1977 Ground Survey Plot Locations Ohia Dieback Study - Canopy Status Accuracy Assessment Ohia Dieback Study - Hawaii Island Canopy Status Assessment Table, 1977 - 2015 Ohia Dieback Study - Dieback Model Results Table