The vegetation pack includes a vectorised set of layers that delineate above ground vegetation into approximate height based groupings.


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AI Feature API

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(All Generations)

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(Gen 1 & 2 Data)


(tick) 'vegetation'

(tick) Medium & High Vegetation (>2m)

(tick) Low Vegetation (0.5m-2m)

(tick) Very Low Vegetation (<0.5m)

(info) Not available in Gen 1 / 2 Data

Characteristics and Recommended Use

The Medium & High Vegetation (>2m) layer is the most useful and highest quality layer in the group. The other two are best considered as "support" layers, for situations such as overlapping Low and Medium/High vegetation, to denote some ambiguity between a tree and a large bush.

Results tend to be highly robust to leaf-on vs leaf-off situations, although the raster (and corresponding vector features) may be slightly smaller due to the difficulty in identifying the smallest bare branches and twigs on leaf-less trees.

Typical use cases include:

  • Vegetation management (identifying where trees overlap with other assets such as buildings or electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure).
  • Fire and storm risk assessment for properties and areas.
  • Assessing change over time using historical results (for this, we recommend seasonally matched surveys are used).
  • Combining with our DSM and DEM data to produce height contours for more detailed analysis.

Nearmap conducted a study on the tree cover changes using the vegetation AI data. Read about this study here:

API Notes for Large Objects

The AI Feature API truncates feature classes in the vegetation pack to the intersection of the feature with the query AOI. This is because a vegetation feature can be almost unbounded in size, such as a forest in a national park, which clearly cannot be returned in a sensible way in a single API payload.