Monitoring grazing use: Strategies for leveraging technology and adapting to variability

Vincent Jansen, Alexander C.E. Traynor, Jason W. Karl, Nika Lepak, James Sprinkle

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• Collection, interpretation, and application of use-based monitoring data across large landscapes is challenging given the inherent variability in growing conditions and field-based estimates. • We present several approaches on leveraging geospatial data and technology to cope with this variability including weather and climate data, satellite remote-sensing data and associated tools, as well as livestock GPS collars. • Field-based estimates also can be improved with more careful consideration of field methods and improved observer training and calibration. • Planning and co-implementing of use-based and long-term landscape monitoring can inform causes of declining or improving rangeland health and better inform adaptive management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages14
Specialist publicationRangelands
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Global Position Systems
  • climate variability
  • grazing monitoring
  • rangelands
  • remote sensing
  • utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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