Remote sensing of biological soil crusts Academic Article uri icon


  • The ability of remote sensing to detect and map the distribution of biological soil crusts offers the opportunity to extend site-specific ecological studies of crusts to a regional scale, thus reducing the time and costs associated with ground surveys. However, despite the global extent of soil crusts and the expanding interest in their ecological roles, there have been relatively few studies published on the use of remote sensing to detect and map their distributions. Wessels and Van Vuuren (1986) were the first to use satellite imagery to …

publication date

  • January 1, 2001