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Effective conservation of woodland vernal pools—important components of regional amphibian diversity and ecosystem services—depends on locating and mapping these pools accurately. Current methods for identifying potential vernal pools are primarily based on visual interpretation and digitization of aerial photographs, with variable accuracy and low(More)
High quality soil moisture datasets are required for various environmental applications. The launch of the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) on board the Global Change Observation Mission 1—Water (GCOM-W1) in May 2012 has provided global near-surface soil moisture data, with an average revisit frequency of two days. Since AMSR2 is a new(More)
Extracting ground surface from high-density point clouds collected by Mobile Laser Scanning (MLS) systems is of vital importance in urban planning and digital city mapping. This article proposes a novel approach for automated extraction of ground surface along urban roads from MLS point clouds. The approach, which was designed to handle both ordered and(More)
Comparison of satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a in a temperate reservoir using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense coincident surface observations Richard Beck ⁎, Shengan Zhan , Hongxing Liu , Susanna Tong , Bo Yang ,Min Xu , Zhaoxia Ye , YanHuang , Song Shu , Qiusheng Wu , Shujie Wang , Kevin Berling , Andrew(More)
This article presents an object-based conceptual framework and numerical algorithms for representing and analyzing coastal morphological and volumetric changes based on repeat airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR) surveys. This method identifies and delineates individual zones of erosion and deposition as discrete objects. The explicit object(More)
This paper presents algorithmic components and corresponding software routines for extracting shoreline features from remote sensing imagery and LiDAR data. Conceptually, shoreline features are treated as boundary lines between land objects and water objects. Numerical algorithms have been identified and devised to segment and classify remote sensing(More)
Although remote sensing technology has long been used in wetland inventory and monitoring, the accuracy and detail level of wetland maps derived with moderate resolution imagery and traditional techniques have been limited and often unsatisfactory. We explored and evaluated the utility of a newly launched high-resolution, eight-band satellite system(More)
The Prairie Pothole Region of North America is characterized by numerous, small, wetland depressions that perform important ecological and hydrological functions. Recent studies have shown that total wetland area in the region is decreasing due to cumulative impacts related to natural and anthropogenic changes. The impact of wetland losses on landscape(More)
[1] Semi-arid southern California relies heavily on imported water for domestic use. A synthesis of river discharge data in this region reveals that summer (June, July, and August) river discharge in watersheds that have at least 50% urban, suburban, and/or commercial land cover has increased by 250% or more over the past half-century, without any(More)