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Solar Panels

image showing 2021 clearing of land for solar panels
2021 pre and during vegetation change
image showing 2022 solar panels
2022 installed Solar Panels

A disturbance includes any kind of event that causes vegetation changes such as fires, clear cutting, urban development, and more. LANDFIRE (LF) disturbance mapping includes examining the landscape, delineating the disturbed area, attributing the type of disturbance, and working the information across other LF production teams.

Special attention is made to map changes on the landscape. These changes can be small, large, frequent, or infrequent, but are important in LF products.

In this example, shrubland is being replaced with infrastructure of solar panels. These panels are located at Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm which is roughly 25 miles Northeast of Las Vegas located on the Moapa River Indian Reservation.

In the above images, the 2021 image on the left shows the pre and during vegetation changes (yellow circles) to make room for solar panels. On the right is the 2022 image where the vegetation has been replaced with solar panels (yellow circles).


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