J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2009, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (3): 251-260.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2008.00712.x

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Vegetation Mapping of the Mond Protected Area of Bushehr Province (South-west Iran)

Ahmadreza Mehrabian, Alireza Naqinezhad, Abdolrassoul Salman Mahiny, Hossein Mostafavi, Homan Liaghati and Mohsen Kouchekzadeh   

  • Received:2007-10-27 Accepted:2008-02-07 Published:2009-03-02


Arid regions of the world occupy up to 35% of the earth’s surface, the basis of various definitions of climatic conditions, vegetation types or potential for food production. Due to their high ecological value,monitoring of arid regions is necessary and modern vegetation studies can help in the conservation and management of these areas. The use of remote sensing for mapping of desert vegetation is difficult due to mixing of the spectral reflectance of bright desert soils with the weak spectral response of sparse vegetation. We studied the vegetation types in the semiarid to arid region of Mond Protected Area, south-west Iran, based on unsupervised classification of the Spot XS bands and then produced updated maps. Sixteen map units covering 12 vegetation types were recognized in the area based on both field works and satellite mapping. Halocnemum strobilaceum and Suaeda fruticosa vegetation types were the dominant types and Ephedra foliata, Salicornia europaea-Suaeda heterophylla vegetation types were the smallest. Vegetation coverage decreased sharply with the increase in salinity towards the coastal areas of the Persian Gulf. The highest vegetation coverage belonged to the riparian vegetation along the Mond River, which represents the northern boundary of the protected area. The location of vegetation types was studied on the separate soil and habitat diversity maps of the study area, which helped in final refinements of the vegetation map produced. 

Mehrabian A, Naqinezhad A, Mahiny AS, Mostafavi H, Liaghati H, Kouchelzadeh M (2009). Vegetation mapping of the Mond protected area of Bushehr Province (south-west Iran). J. Integr. Plant Biol. 51(3), 251–260.

Key words: arid region, coast line, halophytes, island vegetation, Iran, Persian Gulf, vegetation mapping, vegetation types.

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