Use of Remote Sensing for Mapping Wetlands

by Robert J. Reimold, Research Assoc.; Marine Inst., Univ. of Georgia, Sapelo Island, Ga. and Adjunct Asst. Prof., Zoology Dept., Univ. of Georgia, Athens, Ga.,
Rick A. Linthurst, Research Technician; Marine Inst., Univ. of Georgia, Sapelo Island, Ga.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 189-198

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper summarizes contemporary remote sensing methodology and its application in wetlands. Using color, color infrared, black-and-white, and black-and-white infrared photography, multiband imagery, and infrared imagery, various applications are examined as they relate to wetlands use. Boundary mapping, vegetation differentiation, and plant primary production patterns have all been demonstrated using remote sensing. A new approach is presented for determination of intertidal water movement using infrared imagery in place of more costly time-consuming dye studies. Remote sensing also has been used in wetlands for location and field orientation, comparative analysis, landform analysis, and water pollution analysis. In terms of documenting baseline conditions for future litigation as well as planning purposes, remote sensing techniques afford the most reliable, least expensive and least time-consuming means of accomplishing these tasks.

Subject Headings: Remote sensing | Mapping | Wetlands (fresh water) | Water pollution | Photography | Domain boundary | Vegetation | Littoral zones

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