Distribution and quantification of vegetation classes by aerial survey in the Brazilian Pantanal

An aerial survey was adapted and used for the first time to elaborate maps of distribution and quantification of vegetation classes in the Pantanal wetland, per sub-region. Sixteen vegetation classes where identified based on phytophysiognomic aspects, the most important being grassland (31.1%), cerradão woodland (22.1%), cerrado (14.3%), marshes (7.4 %), semideciduous forest (4.0%), gallery forest (2.4%) and floating mats (2.4%). These informations can support decisions in the conservation or selection of preserved areas, as well as to help to monitor vegetation over a vast and remote region.

Neotropical savanna; vegetation mapping; wetland; Pantanal Matogrossense

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