Interpreting Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats from Aerial Imagery

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Interpreting Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats from Aerial Imagery, by Robert F. Goodwin, GISP of Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services (RS&GIS), Michigan State University. Presented at ASPRS Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 5, 2011.

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Interpreting Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats from Aerial Imagery

  1. 1. Interpreting Wetlands and Deepwater  Habitats from Aerial Imagery Habitats from Aerial Imagery Online Education Robert F. Goodwin, GISP GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst RS&GIS, Michigan State University RS&GIS, Michigan State University goodwinr@msu.edu May 2011http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  2. 2. Where we’ve been – Where were going RS&GIS has been developing and teaching geospatial  courses since the early 1970s Image interpretation, processing, orthorectification Image interpretation, processing, orthorectification Raster processing and analysis Vector analysis, Cartography Due to shrinking budgets, instruction has been moving  online NRCS  Introduction to Aerial Image Interpretation  NRCS – Introduction to Aerial Image Interpretation NRCS – Introduction to Digital Remote Sensing Image Interpretation for the NRI Interpreting Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats from Aerial  Imagery Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services 2 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  3. 3. Why this course? Wetland identification and classification educational  offerings focus mainly on the field side of things There are limited geospatial educational opportunities  There are limited geospatial educational opportunities concerning wetland interpretation Interpreting wetlands from remotely‐sensed imagery is a  necessary skill for natural resource professionals Conservation, Mitigation, Enhancement Traditional surveys (manual delineation) Traditional surveys (manual delineation) Ground‐truthing and QC Training site identification for other classification activities Few people know how to accurately interpret wetlands  from remotely‐sensed imagery Offering online instruction can be cost‐effective Offering online instruction can be cost effective Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services3 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  4. 4. Course Layout Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services4 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  5. 5. Getting Started Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services 5 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  6. 6. Part 1 Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services 6 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  7. 7. Part 2 Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services 7 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  8. 8. Part 2…continued Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services8 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  9. 9. Part 3 Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services 9 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  10. 10. Part 3…continued Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services10 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  11. 11. Approach The course follows the federal standard Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the  United States (Cowardin, et. al) ( , ) Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services11 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  12. 12. Approach Teaches interpretation to the “Class” level In many cases, interpretation beyond the class level from  aerial imagery is unreliable, particularly without multi‐ g y ,p y temporal data Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services12 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  13. 13. Approach Not just imagery Ancillary data plays a big part in the interpretation  p process Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services13 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  14. 14. Approach “Multi” Approach Multi‐temporal, Multi‐spectral Supplemented with ground and oblique imagery Supplemented with ground and oblique imagery Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services14 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  15. 15. Approach Try not to sound like a textbook Break up the monotony… Virtual field trips using web browser or virtual globe Virtual field trips using web browser or virtual globe Image‐based self assessments Hands‐on exercises Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services15 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  16. 16. Virtual Field Trips Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services 16 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  17. 17. Virtual Field Trips Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services 17 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  18. 18. Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services18 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  19. 19. Self‐Assessments Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services19 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  20. 20. Hands‐on Exercises ESRI ArcGIS exercises Both 9.x and 10.x instructions Interpret imagery in a GIS environment Interpret imagery in a GIS environment Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services20 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  21. 21. Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services21 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  22. 22. Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services22 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  23. 23. Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services23 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  24. 24. Summary… LOTS of information! When do you stop adding examples? Technical content can be challenging to present  Technical content can be challenging to present appropriately Hardware and software requirements may hinder some  folks It is important to keep it interesting It is NOT for everyone – Must be motivated i f b i d Cost‐effective way of training the masses Flexible Unlimited enrollment Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services24 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu
  25. 25. Questions? Q ti ? goodwinr@msu.edu Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services25 http://www.rsgis.msu.edu

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