Utilization of satellite data for inventorying prairie ponds and lakes

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
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By using data acquired by LANDSAT-1 (formerly ERTS- 1), studies were conducted in extracting information necessary for formulating management decisions relating to migratory waterfowl. Management decisions are based in part on an assessment ofhabitat characteristics, specifically numbers, distribution, and quality of ponds and lakes in the prime breeding range. This paper reports on a study concerned with mapping open surface water features in the glaciated prairies. Emphasis was placed on the recognition of these features based upon water's uniquely low radiance in a single nearinfrared waveband. The results of this recognition were thematic maps and statistics relating to open surface water. In a related effort, the added information content of multiple spectral wavebands was used for discriminating surface water at a level of detail finer than the virtual resolution of the data. The basic theory of this technique and some preliminary results are described.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Utilization of satellite data for inventorying prairie ponds and lakes
Series title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume 42
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher ASPRS
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Western Ecological Research Center
Description 10 p.
First page 685
Last page 694
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