Abstracts of presentations given on Tuesday, 12 July 2005 in session 8 of the UCOWR conference.


Riparian ecosystems not only provide habitat for wildlife but are also prominent natural resources in semi-arid and arid regions. Riparian corridors near metropolitan areas are heterogeneous, ranging in size and also in treatments: some are straightened and concrete-lined (devoid of vegetation) whilst others follow a ‘natural’ course and are dense with riparian trees. This study investigates whether a homebuyer’s valuation of nearby riparian resources is connected not only with the proximity to the riparian corridor, but also to the size of, and the greenness at the nearest riparian corridor. Greenness is measured using the remotely sensed Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index (SAVI).