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Multi-sensor System Applications in the Everglades Ecosystem

ISBN 9781498711777
Published January 14, 2020 by CRC Press
358 Pages 170 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the applicability of multiple remote sensors to acquire information relevant to restoration and conservation efforts in wetlands using data collected from airborne and space multispectral/hyperspectral sensors, light detection and ranging (LiDAR), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and a hand-held spectroradiometer. This book also examines digital data processing techniques such as object-based image analysis, machine learning, texture analysis, and data fusion. After an introduction to the Everglades and to remote sensing, the book is divided into four parts based on the sensor systems used. There are chapters on vegetation mapping, biomass and water quality modeling, applications of hyperspectral data for plant stress analysis and coral reef mapping, studies of airborne LiDAR data for coastal vulnerability analysis and DEM improvement, as well as chapters that explore a fusion of multiple sensors for different datasets.


  • Introduces concepts, theories, and advanced processing techniques
  • A complete introduction of machine learning, object-based image analysis, data fusion, and ensemble analysis techniques in processing data from multiple remote sensors
  • Explains how multiple remote sensing systems are applied in the wetland ecosystems of Florida
  • The author had been teaching and using both systems and her research is widely recognized

Multi-sensor System Applications in the Everglades Ecosystems provides a comprehensive application of remote sensing techniques in the Florida Everglades and its coastal ecosystems. It will prove an invaluable resource for the restoration and conservation of the Florida Everglades and beyond, for global wetlands in general. Any professional, scientist, engineer, or student working with remote sensing and wetland ecosystems will reap enormous benefits from this book.

Table of Contents

Part I. Florida Everglades and Remote Sensing. 1. Florida Everglades and Restoration. Caiyun Zhang. 2. Introduction to Remote Sensing. Caiyun Zhang. 3. Vegetation Classification System in the Everglades. Caiyun Zhang. Part II. Multispectral Remote Sensing Applications. 4. Applying Aerial Photography to Map Marsh Species in the Wetland of Lake Okeechobee. Caiyun Zhang. 5. Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Wetland Species Mapping. Sara Denka Durgan and Caiyun Zhang. 6. Spaceborne Multispectral Sensors for Vegetation Mapping and Change Analysis. Caiyun Zhang. 7. Water Quality Modeling and Mapping using Landsat Data. Caiyun Zhang. 8. Mapping Sawgrass Aboveground Biomass using Landsat Data. Caiyun Zhang. 9. Applying Landsat Products to Assess the Damage and Resilience of Mangroves from Hurricanes. David Brodylo and Caiyun Zhang. Part III. Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Applications. 10. Applying Point Spectroscopy Data to Assess the Effects of Salinity and Sea Level Rise on Canopy Water Content of Juncus roemaerianus. Donna Selch, Cara J. Abbott and Caiyun Zhang. 11. Applying Point Spectroscopy Data to Characterize Sand Properties. Molly E. Smith, Donna Selch and Caiyun Zhang. 12. Land Cover-level Vegetation Mapping using AVIRIS. Caiyun Zhang. 13. Species-level Vegetation Mapping in the Kissimmee River Floodplain using HyMap Data. Caiyun Zhang. 14. Benthic Habitat Mapping in the Florida Keys using EO-1/Hyperion. Caiyun Zhang. Part IV. Lidar Remote Sensing Applications. 15. Vulnerability Analysis of Coastal Everglades to Sea Level Rise using SLAMM. Hannah Cooper and Caiyun Zhang. 16. Enhancing Lidar Data Integrity in the Coastal Everglades. Hannah Cooper and Caiyun Zhang. 17. Assessing the Effects of Hurricane Irma on Mangrove Structures in the Coastal Everglades using Airborne Lidar Data. Caiyun Zhang. Part V. Fusing Multiple Sensors for Everglades Applications. 18. Integrating Aerial Photography, EO-1/Hyperion, and Lidar Data to Map Vegetation in the Coastal Everglades.  Caiyun Zhang. 19. Assessing a Multi-sensor Fusion Approach to Map Detailed Reef Benthic Habitats in the Florida Reef Tract.  Caiyun Zhang. Index.

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Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. in Geospatial Information Sciences from University of Texas, Dallas. Her research at FAU focuses on vegetation characterization in the Florida Everglades using multiple sensors, biomass modeling and mapping, water quality monitoring and mapping, and analyzing coastal vulnerability to sea level rise and hurricanes. She has developed innovative methodology frameworks to monitor and map the Greater Everglades by combining multiple sensors and GIS techniques, which can assist with the restoration and conservation of the Florida Everglades ecosystem. She applies modern machine learning and advanced remote sensing image processing techniques in the coastal environments to understand the effects of human activities and natural disasters on the modification of coastal landscapes. She is teaching five major remote sensing courses at FAU including Remote Sensing of Environment, Digital Image Analysis, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, Lidar Remote Sensing and Applications, and Photogrammetry and Aerial Photo Interpretation.