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 monitoring and assessment, acquired with a number of different sensors, including lidar, IFSAR, and stereo imagery, on a variety of platforms, including ground-based, airborne, and spaceborne.
References: Gesch, Dean B., 2006, An inventory and assessment of significant topographic changes in the United States Brookings, S. Dak., South Dakota State University, Ph.D. dissertation, 234 p, at https://topotools.cr.usgs.gov/pdfs/DGesch_dissertation_Nov2006.pdf. USGS Topographic Change Web site located at https://topochange.cr.usgs.gov/.