Purpose and scope
The purpose of the Wet Tropics Vegetation Mapping is to produce a series of vegetation maps and associated information and knowledge which describes the vegetation communities of the Wet Tropics Bioregion in a readily accessible and user-friendly format.
The mapping is a valuable resource tool for informing conservation planning and research, policy development and decision-making at regional, local and individual property levels.
The Wet Tropics vegetation mapping comprises a series of fifty-five 1:50,000 maps and recognises 250 distinct vegetation communities in the Wet Tropics Bioregion based on their structural and floristic chararacters.
The Authority has designed a logical, hierarchical framework and map key which groups the 250 vegetation types into ecological communities and identifies relationships among them.
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The vegetation mapping is based on the interpretation of 1:25,000 aerial photography of the Wet Tropics Bioregion. Consultants Peter Stanton and David Stanton provided the primary dataset which included line-work marked directly onto aerial photographs and a code unit for each polygon describing its vegetation type based on canopy features from photo interpretation and detailed floristics from field sites.
The marked up photography was scanned and orthorectified to the Authority’s 1:50,000 GIS drainage coverage using an 80 metre digital elevation model (DEM). Vegetation polygons were extracted digitally from the scanned images and their attributes were inputted into a GIS system and re-coded to one of 250 vegetation types based upon structural and floristic characteristics.
This mapping is not to be used for legal purposes.
If you need further information about the Wet Tropics vegetation mapping or wish to obtain the GIS data associated with the maps, please contact the Wet Tropics Management Authority at email@example.com
The 1:5000 vegetation mapping applies to the Wet Tropics Bioregion including continental Islands and the Palm Island Group; an area that covers approximately two million hectares.
Updates at 30 June 2015 for 1:50,000 hardcopy and pdf map files on the USB versions of the vegetation maps
Please be advised that the vegetation polygon labels 19a and 19b on the 1: 50,000 hardcopy maps and the pdf maps on the USB stick version of the Wet Tropics vegetation mapping should be interchanged (substituted for each other).