The ground area covered by the crowns of trees or woody vegetation as delineated by the vertical projection of crown perimeters. It is commonly expressed as a percent of total ground area. Also called crown cover. (Society of American Foresters. The Dictionary of Forestry, John A. Helms, Editor, 1998).
In the context of RAVG analysis, the percent change in live canopy cover relative to the pre-fire condition. Depending on the vegetation type and fire characteristics, the canopy cover loss estimate for an extended assessment may differ significantly from that of an initial assessment. Also called canopy cover mortality or percent change in canopy cover.
Vegetation dominated by trees with interlocking crowns, typically at least 60% crown cover.
See Canopy Cover