(10/4/2017), URL: http://www.vegmeasure.org
This website has been developed to promote the VegMeasure tool and engage with partners and stakeholders. The software has been developed because non-destructive, accurate, and more rapid alternatives are urgently needed. One potential alternative, developed by scientists at ICARDA and Oregon State University, uses image processing software to determine rangeland ground cover from color digital images. Vegmeasure quantifies areas of defined classes such as bare ground and vegetation using built-in algorithms. Its effectiveness was tested by a team of scientists from ICARDA and Tunisia’s Institut des Régions Arides, who measured the biomass and canopy cover of three plants across a 20 hectare (ha) research site in southern Tunisia: Artemisia herba-alba Asso. Rhanterium suaveolens Desf., and Stipa tenacissima L.