New paper published under the LIFE LINES Project

Action to remove Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) in the city of Évora promoted by LIFE LINES as part of the 1st National Week on Invasive Species

New paper published under the LIFE LINES Project

“Assessing the performance of different OBIA [object based image analysis] software approaches for mapping invasive alien plants along roads with remote sensing data” is the title of the new paper by Patrícia Lourenço, actualy a member of MED – Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development at University of Évora, having already participated in the LIF ELINES Project trought the team of Faculty of Sciences of the Univeristy of Porto, a prtener of the project. This work was developed with other researchers, of which we highlight Neftalí Sillero that is the responsible for the FCUP team linked to LIFE LINES.

This study aimed to verify which is the best remote sensing software (between open-source and property software) for identifying invasive plant species with images of very high spatial resolution.

The images used in the study had been obtained in 2016 through a flight over the intervention area of the LIFE LINES project (focusing mainly on the EN4 and EN114) in an airplane equipped with high resolution cameras.

Among the various conclusions of this study, we highlight one concerning the exotic and invasive plants species: “our study showed that IAP species along the study roads, characterized as vectors of propagation of seeds and vegetative parts of plants, do not have many opportunities to expand into the adjacent land because the roadsides are actively managed.”

For more details read the entire paper here.