Using GIS and Image Processing Technology to Assist Wetland Planning, Protection, and Restoration in Coastal Louisiana

by John Barras, Natl Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, United States,
James B. Johnston, Natl Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, United States,
Craig Johnson, Natl Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93

Abstract: Coastal Louisiana has experienced severe wetland loss over the past 30 years. The Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) of 1990 was created to address the wetland loss problem in coastal Louisiana through the establishment of a multi-agency Federal/State Task Force in 1991. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands Research Center (Center) is providing geographic information system (GIS) and image processing support to the Task Force to aid restoration planning and monitoring. Initial support provided to the Task Force includes regional wetland trend analysis of coastal Louisiana in support of regional hydrologic basin restoration planning, site-specific analyses to support monitoring of priority restoration projects, and special needs support for restoration planning and monitoring.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Geographic information systems | Coastal processes | Ecological restoration | Imaging techniques | Information systems | Coastal management | Systems management | North America | Louisiana | United States

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