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Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge (YKF NWR) and Koyukuk NWR (KUK NWR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), initiated a project with the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center to acquire map products needed for moose habitat assessment. The objective of this work was to create a suite of products which included: Estimated Vegetation Heights, probability of Willow Estimates, and Vegetation Type Maps. These products are based on spectral characteristics found in bands 2 through 7 of Landsat 8 OLI scenes processed to surface reflectance, acquired in summer of 2013, and late winter of 2014. Training data was collected by fixed wing aircraft and helicopter by USFWS refuge staff,...
We produced a time series of maps of habitat structure within wetlands of the Central Valley of California. The structure of open water and tall emergent vegetation, such as Typha spp. and Schoenoplectus spp., is critical for migratory birds. Through field observation and digitization of high resolution imagery we identified the locations of tall emergent vegetation, water, and other land cover. Using a random forest classification, we classified multispectral Landsat 8 imagery 2013-2017. We used images from the fall when most wetlands are flooded and the summer to separate trees and tall emergent vegetation. The final maps show the distribution and extent of tall emergent vegetation within wetlands. Final time...
In this study, we developed a method that identifies an optimal sample data usage strategy and rule numbers that minimize over- and underfitting effects in regression tree mapping models. A LANDFIRE tile (r04c03, located mainly in northeastern Nevada), which is a composite of multiple Landsat 8 scenes for a target date, was selected for the study. To minimize any cloud and bad detection effects in the original Landsat 8 data, the compositing approach used cosine-similarity-combined pixels from multiple observations based on data quality and temporal proximity to a target date. Julian date 212, which yielded relatively low "no data and/or cloudy” pixels, was used as the target date with Landsat 8 observations from...
In the southwestern U.S., many riparian ecosystems have been altered by dams, water diversions, and other anthropogenic activities. This is particularly true of the Colorado River, where numerous dams and agricultural diversions have affected this water course, especially south of the U.S.–Mexico border. In the spring of 2014, 130 million cubic meters of water was released to the lower Colorado River Delta in Mexico. To understand the impact of this pulse flow release on vegetation in the delta's riparian corridor, we analyzed a modified form of Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI*) data. We assessed greenup during the growing period and estimated actual evapotranspiration...
This data set is combination of imagery from the Advanced Land Imager and Landsat 8 Surface reflectance data product covering three USGS gauge stations, Middle Haddam Connecticut (01193050), Potomac River at Little Falls (01646500), and the Susquehanna River at Darlington, Maryland (01579550) and the Sandy Hook to Jamaica Bays areas of the New York and New Jersey coast. Raw and corrected water quality data was collected from the NWIS database for the corresponding dates of Landsat 8 overpasses of all three sites. Calculations and functions from the Landsat bands were compared, such as band ratios and power functions were calculated and compared against the corrected data for Colored Dissolved Organic Matter.

    map background search result map search result map CDOM/fDOM and Landsat 8 Comparisons Landsat 8 six spectral band data and MODIS NDVI data for assessing the optimal regression tree models Yukon Flats vegetation height Wetland Habitat Structure Maps for the Central Valley of California 2013-2017 Landsat 8 six spectral band data and MODIS NDVI data for assessing the optimal regression tree models CDOM/fDOM and Landsat 8 Comparisons Wetland Habitat Structure Maps for the Central Valley of California 2013-2017 Yukon Flats vegetation height