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Mississippi barrier island land area change 1984-2016


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Couvillion, B.R., 2017, Mississippi barrier island land area change 1984-2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The analyses of landscape change presented in this dataset use Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM), Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM) and Operational Land Imager (OLI) to assess changes in land area through time. All cloud-free dates of imagery from 1984 through early 2016 were used in this analysis. This amounted to a total of 174 dates of imagery which were analyzed. No water level restrictions were used during the image selection process as gages with a period of record sufficient for this analysis are not available nearby. Persistent loss and gain data are presented for 1984-2016.


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Brady Couvillion
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U.S. Geological Survey, Brady Couvillion
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Brady Couvillion
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U.S. Geological Survey
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Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

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MSCIP_land_area_summary_020117_v3.xlsx 64.83 KB
MSCIP_Horn_Island_1984_2016_Persistent_Change_Map_032017.pdf 1 MB
MSCIP_Ship_Island_1984_2016_Persistent_Change_Map_032017.pdf 1.11 MB
MSCIP_Petit_Bois_Island_1984_2016_Persistent_Change_Map_032017.pdf 1.16 MB
MSCIP_Cat_Island_1984_2016_Persistent_Change_Map_032017.pdf 1.22 MB
LandChangeFits_Ship_Island_032017.emf 92.43 KB
LandChangeFits_Petit Bois_Island_032017.emf 92.21 KB
LandChangeFits_Horn_Island_032017.emf 92.47 KB
LandChangeFits_Cat_Island_032017.emf 92.71 KB
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The purpose of this study is to provide updated estimates of persistent land change and historical land change trends for the Mississippi Barrier Islands for the 1984-2016 period of record. The use of 174 datasets plus the application of consistent change criteria in this study provide opportunities to better understand the timing and causal mechanisms of land area change, which are critical for forecasting landscape changes in the future.



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DOI doi:10.5066/F7QF8R2N

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