Dashboards are effective estate-wide tools that identify and track changes across environmental landscapes. One application is how Indufor uses dashboards to track plantation area changes. The system has been developed to streamline the area review process by allowing rapid assessment of plantation performance, the identification of areas impacted by wind damage, fire and disease.
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The following section outlines how the dashboard works, including descriptions for each element.
from left to right, the button functions:
The map panel is interactive and may be manually panned (left click + drag) and zoomed (scroll) using standard mouse controls.
With layer visibility toggled on, features may also be selected to bring up its attributes. Selecting a patch boundary, for example, will bring up its attribute table – the patch layer contains all original attributes as supplied to Indufor.
The alerts list is a summary of the areas from the Area Review. These are areas which have been identified as gaps and exceed a continuous area of 1 ha or greater.
This feature provides a spatial context to the alerts summary. The alerts list shows each gap feature as an induvial record, make a selection to zoom and bring up a feature’s attributes on the map panel.
This chart tracks vegetation index changes over time when a selection is made the trend is shown for the selected stand.
If no selection is made, the trend shows (the average) change for all alert areas. This information supports the field inspection process by providing temporal evidence of changes in canopy cover.