Title

Coastal Wetlands Surrounding New Orleans, Louisiana

Presenter Information

Andrew Meinhold

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Coastal Wetlands, Remote Sensing, Geography

Abstract

This project consists of a remote sensing evaluation of the wetlands located in the immediate vicinity of New Orleans, Louisiana, by use of satellite imagery. This was accomplished by means of an unsupervised k-mean classification method to define wetland landcover area within the study area. In addition, normalized difference of vegetation (NDVI) and normalized difference of water indices (NDWI) were developed from differing spectral bands of light to further evaluate the nature of the wetland coverage, their outputs ohave been included for analyses and discussion. Complete documentation of data acquisition and methods applied has been recorded and expressed in the final product of this study, a poster presented at this symposium. In addition, an analysis of the outputs generated by this research has been provided, as well as a conclusion drawn from this analysis, which is in turn informed by a literature review from a variety of academic sources. These outside research works are mainly based upon study of the benefits wetlands can provide to surrounding ecosystems, both natural and human-made.

Poster Number

42

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rex Wirth

Department/Program

Geography

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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May 21st, 11:30 AM May 21st, 2:00 PM

Coastal Wetlands Surrounding New Orleans, Louisiana

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

This project consists of a remote sensing evaluation of the wetlands located in the immediate vicinity of New Orleans, Louisiana, by use of satellite imagery. This was accomplished by means of an unsupervised k-mean classification method to define wetland landcover area within the study area. In addition, normalized difference of vegetation (NDVI) and normalized difference of water indices (NDWI) were developed from differing spectral bands of light to further evaluate the nature of the wetland coverage, their outputs ohave been included for analyses and discussion. Complete documentation of data acquisition and methods applied has been recorded and expressed in the final product of this study, a poster presented at this symposium. In addition, an analysis of the outputs generated by this research has been provided, as well as a conclusion drawn from this analysis, which is in turn informed by a literature review from a variety of academic sources. These outside research works are mainly based upon study of the benefits wetlands can provide to surrounding ecosystems, both natural and human-made.