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Application of Multi-Date Landsat 5 Tim Imagery for Wetland Identification

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Abstract:Multi-temporal Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) imagery was evaluated for the identification and monitoring of potential jurisdictional wetlands located in the states of Maryland and Delaware. A wetland map prepared from single-date TM imagery was compared to a hybrid map developed using two dates of imagery. The basic approach was to identify land-cover vegetation types using spring leaf-on imagery, and identify the location and extent of the seasonally saturated soil conditions and areas exhibiting wetland hydrology using spring leaf-off imagery. The accuracy of the wetland maps produced from both single- and multiple-date TM imagery were assessed using reference data derived from aerial photographic interpretations and field observation data. Subsequent to the merging of wetland forest and shrub categories, the overall accuracy of the wetland map produced from two dates of imagery was 88 percent compared to the 69 percent result from single-date imagery. A Kappa Test Z statistic of 5.8 indicated a significant increase in accuracy was achieved using multiple-date TM images. Wetland maps developed from multi-temporal Landsat TM imagery may potentially provide a valuable tool to supplement existing National Wetland Inventory maps for identifying the location and extent of wetlands in northern temperature regions of the United States.
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Citation:Lunetta, R. S., and M. E. Balogh. Application of Multi-Date Landsat 5 Tim Imagery for Wetland Identification. PHOTOGRAMMETRIC ENGINEERING AND REMOTE SENSING 65(11):1303-1310, (2000).
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Landscape Characterization Branch (RTP)
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Product Type: Journal
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Published: 03/09/2000
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