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Vertical Land Change in Select Counties of Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin


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Gesch, D.B., Poppenga, S.K., and Worstell, B.B., 2017, Vertical land change in select counties of Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The Vertical Land Change project is an assessment of the impacts of surface mining in Perry County, Kentucky, the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, and the west central part of Wisconsin. This project builds and expands upon previous vertical land change efforts (Gesch, 2006) by conducting research into the issues surrounding the integration of 3D data products with 2D remote sensing imagery products to improve monitoring, assessment, and projection of land change by including additional vertical and volumetric information. These efforts are combined to support multi-temporal 3D land change research. The objective of this research is to understand the use of multi-temporal, multi-resolution 3D geospatial data for land change [...]

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Numerous types of land change, such as deforestation, mining, and urban development, include a vertical component that to date has not been a primary land change research focus. To fully characterize and understand some types of land change, the third dimension (ground elevation and/or feature height) needs to be considered, thus the requirement for an increased understanding of the usefulness of 3D data collected by remote sensing systems.


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DOI doi:10.5066/F7445K05

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