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Calculating bathymetric and spatial distributions of estuarine eelgrass

Citation:

CLINTON, P. J. AND D. R. YOUNG. Calculating bathymetric and spatial distributions of estuarine eelgrass. Presented at 2010 ESRI International Users Conference, San Diego, CA, July 12 - 16, 2010.

Impact/Purpose:

Distributions of native eelgrass Zostera marina L. within the intertidal and shallow subtidal zones of three Oregon estuaries (Tillamook, Yaquina, and Alsea) were classified from color infrared aerial orthophotography acquired at extreme low tide. Image processing software, Spatial Analyst algorithms and ArcScan editing were used to classify the imagery.

Description:

Distributions of native eelgrass Zostera marina L. within the intertidal and shallow subtidal zones of three Oregon estuaries (Tillamook, Yaquina, and Alsea) were classified from color infrared aerial orthophotography acquired at extreme low tide. Image processing software, Spatial Analyst algorithms and ArcScan editing were used to classify the imagery. Classification accuracy was measured by comparing >10% field point intercept count with >10% classification raster FocalSum results. Overall accuracies ranged from 84 to 100 percent. Bathymetric soundings were interpolated using TopoGrid, combined with eelgrass rasters and exported for pivot table analysis. Over 90 percent of the surface-visible eelgrass in the estuaries occurred within the depth interval -0.9 m (-3 ft) to +0.9 m (+3 ft) relative to Mean Lower Low Water. Depth distributions of eelgrass were also calculated by river kilometer and salinity gradient. Results of the analysis highlight similarities and differences in eelgrass depth distribution in geomorphically differentiated estuarine ecosystems.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 07/14/2010
Record Last Revised: 09/02/2010
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 217243

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

PACIFIC COASTAL ECOLOGY BRANCH