|Status:||Draft (under way)|
|Applies to:||Area, Way, Node|
|Definition:||plant cover value|
Recording Plant Cover Values
If tagging an area, way or node there may be reasons to record the cover=* value of different species within an area. Presented below is a method for recording plant cover within a given area e.g. a wood or marsh.
Percentage cover is usually recorded by using a quadrat or measuring out a specific area and then estimating by eye the coverage of different species within that area. Note: Remember that percentage cover can add up to over 100% because there are multiple layers/canopies within a habitat.
Possible text values
|Value||Percent of coverage||Comment|
|sparse||1 to (10-20)||The distance between two perimeters of a Life Form is more than twice the average perimeter diameter.|
|open||(10-20) to (60-70)||Trees and Shrubs: the crowns are usually not interlocking|
|closed||more than (60-70)||Trees or Shrubs has crowns interlocking or touching.|
|The values relate to the Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) by FAO|