Monitoring Vegetation Changes in Historical Photos over a 45+ Year Period in the Adirondack Alpine Zone
Adirondack Journal of Environmental Sutdues
A contemporary image analysis procedure was used to analyze historical and contemporary images taken from designated photo monitoring points on alpine summits in the High Peaks Region of New York State. Oblique images were analyzed for comparative changes in various groundcover classes across time periods ranging from ten to over 45 years. Although purposive in nature, study findings suggest an overall trend of maintaining or increasing vegetation cover in association with summit locations where a long-term visitor education program that emphasizes avoiding alpine vegetation has been applied.
Goren, J. and Monz, C.A. 2011. Monitoring Vegetation Changes in Historical Photos over a 45+ Year Period in the Adirondack Alpine Zone. Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, Volume 17.