Chen, F; Weber, KT; Schnase, JL (2012). Assessing the Success of Postfire Reseeding in Semiarid Rangelands Using Terra MODIS. RANGELAND ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT, 65(5), 468-474.
Successful postfire reseeding efforts can aid rangeland ecosystem recovery by rapidly establishing a desired plant community and thereby reducing the likelihood of infestation by invasive plants. Although the success of postfire remediation is critical, few efforts have been made to leverage existing geospatial technologies to develop methodologies to assess reseeding success following a fire. In this study, Terra Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite data were used to improve the capacity to assess postfire reseeding rehabilitation efforts, with particular emphasis on the semiarid rangelands of Idaho. Analysis of MODIS data demonstrated a positive effect of reseeding on rangeland ecosystem recovery, as well as differences in vegetation between reseeded areas and burned areas where no reseeding had occurred (P < 0.05). We conclude that MODIS provides useful data to assess the success of postfire reseeding.