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Woody Fractional Cover in Kruger National Park, South Africa: Remote Sensing–Based Maps and Ecological Insights

ByGabriela Bucini, Niall P. Hanan, Randall B. Boone, Izak P. J. Smit, Sassan S. Saatchi, Michael A. Lefsky, Gregory P. Asner

The variability in woody vegetation structure characterizes different types of savannas and is usually described by quantitative variables such as fractional cover, height, and biomass. Woody cover has been shown to directly affect important ecological processes of savanna ecosystems. It influences biomass production, fire regimes, herbivory, nutrient cycling, hydrology, and

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Introduction ......................................................................................................... 219 Study Area ............................................................................................................ 221 Data and Methods ...............................................................................................222