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Remote Sensing of Wetlands

Applications and Advances, 1st Edition

Edited by Ralph W. Tiner, Megan W. Lang, Victor V. Klemas

CRC Press

574 pages | 226 Color Illus.

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Effectively Manage Wetland Resources Using the Best Available Remote Sensing Techniques

Utilizing top scientists in the wetland classification and mapping field, Remote Sensing of Wetlands: Applications and Advances covers the rapidly changing landscape of wetlands and describes the latest advances in remote sensing that have taken place over the past 30 years for use in mapping wetlands. Factoring in the impact of climate change, as well as a growing demand on wetlands for agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and development, this text considers the challenges that wetlands pose for remote sensing and provides a thorough introduction on the use of remotely sensed data for wetland detection. Taking advantage of the experiences of more than 50 contributing authors, the book describes a variety of techniques for mapping and classifying wetlands in a multitude of environments ranging from tropical to arctic wetlands including coral reefs and submerged aquatic vegetation. The authors discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using different remote sensing techniques for wetland detection under varied conditions and circumstances. They also analyze commonly available data, reveal cost-effective methods, and offer useful insights into future trends.

Comprised of 25 chapters, this text:

  • Presents methods readily applicable to real-world challenges
  • Contains advanced, new techniques communicated by top scientists in the field
  • Covers a diverse set of landscapes and technologies
  • Reviews many of the datasets and techniques that are responsible for advances in this discipline and their application for wetland mapping
  • Addresses the need to effectively manage this environmental resource

Remote Sensing of Wetlands: Applications and Advances uses a variety of contributors, touching on pertinent topics, to help you gain a greater understanding of the latest technologies, strengths, and limitations surrounding this emerging field.




"… an important reference for operational wetlands mappers. Over the years, I have been told you should be using this technology instead of the one we were using at the time. A book like this would have provided an overview of the technology and more importantly the names of the experts."

—Bill O. Wilen, PhD, USFWS, National Wetlands Inventory

[this book] encompasses information essential to anyone engaged in either identifying and/or understanding wetlands using remote imagery. It brings together in one place a critical examination of the strengths and shortcomings of the many types of imagery available today. It explores the opportunity to combine various types of remote imagery to describe and analyze wetlands. It includes extensive case studies of the application of remote sensing imagery by wetland type."

—Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

"Remote Sensing of Wetlands – Applications and Advances is a very suitable primer for the person new to this domain, but should be required as a definitive cornerstone for the development of academic programs dealing with wetland mapping. The depth and breadth of coverage achieved by the editors make this volume indispensable and essential to any scholarly effort aimed at applying remote sensing to the mapping, study, understanding and preservation of these complex, valuable and endangered ecosystems."

Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, December 2016

Table of Contents


Wetlands: An Overview

Ralph W. Tiner

Classification of Wetland Types for Mapping and Large-Scale Inventories

Ralph W. Tiner

Introduction to Wetland Mapping and Its Challenges

Ralph W. Tiner

Early Applications of Remote Sensing for Mapping Wetlands

Ralph W. Tiner

Advances in Remotely Sensed Data and Techniques for Wetland Mapping and Monitoring

Megan W. Lang, Laura L. Bourgeau-Chavez, Ralph W. Tiner, and Victor V. Klemas


Mapping and Monitoring Surface Water and Wetlands with Synthetic Aperture Radar

Brian Brisco

Wetland InSAR: A Review of the Technique and Applications

Shimon Wdowinski and Sang-Hoon Hong

Radar and Optical Image Fusion and Mapping of Wetland Resources

Elijah Ramsey III and Amina Rangoonwala

Theory and Applications of Object-Based Image Analysis and Emerging Methods in Wetland Mapping

Joseph F. Knight, Jennifer M. Corcoran, Lian P. Rampi, and Keith C. Pelletier

Unmanned Aerial Systems and Structure from Motion Revolutionize Wetlands Mapping

Marguerite Madden, Thomas Jordan, Sergio Bernardes, David L. Cotten, Nancy O’Hare, and Alessandro Pasqua


Remote Sensing of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Coral Reefs

Sam Purkis and Chris Roelfsema

Remote Sensing of Mangroves

Victor V. Klemas

Tidal Marsh Classification Approaches and Future Marsh Migration Mapping Methods for Long Island Sound, Connecticut and New York

Mark Hoover and Adam Walton Whelchel

Using Moderate-Resolution Satellite Sensors for Monitoring the Biophysical Parameters and Phenology of Tidal Marshes

Deepak R. Mishra and Shuvankar Ghosh

Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Mapping

Laura L. Bourgeau-Chavez, Zachary M. Laubach, Anthony J. Landon, Elizabeth C. Banda, Michael J. Battaglia, Sarah L. Endres, Mary Ellen Miller, Robb D. Macleod, and Colin N. Brooks

Mapping Wetlands and Surface Water in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America

Jennifer Rover and David M. Mushet

Mapping the State and Dynamics of Boreal Wetlands Using Synthetic Aperture Radar

Daniel Clewley, Jane Whitcomb, Mahta Moghaddam, and Kyle McDonald

Fusion of Multispectral Imagery and LiDAR Digital Terrain Derivatives for Ecosystem Mapping and Morphological Characterization of a Northern Peatland Complex

Antonio Difebo, Murray Richardson, and Jonathan Price

Airborne LiDAR-Based Wetland and Permafrost-Feature Mapping on an Arctic Coastal Plain, North Slope, Alaska

Jeffrey G. Paine, John R. Andrews, Kutalmis Saylam, and Thomas A. Tremblay

Hybrid Mapping of Pantropical Wetlands from Optical Satellite Images, Hydrology, and Geomorphology

Thomas Gumbricht

Capturing the Dynamics of Amazonian Wetlands Using Synthetic Aperture Radar: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

Thiago Sanna Freire Silva, John Melack, Annia Susin Streher, Jefferson Ferreira-Ferreira, and Luiz Felipe de Almeida Furtado

Mapping China’s Wetlands and Recent Changes with Remotely Sensed Data

Zhenguo Niu

Mapping Invasive Wetland Plants

Carol A. Johnston

Multisatellite Remote Sensing of Global Wetland Extent and Dynamics

Catherine Prigent and Fabrice Papa


Promising Developments and Future Challenges for Remote Sensing of Wetlands

Megan W. Lang, Sam Purkis, Victor V. Klemas, and Ralph W. Tiner

About the Editors

Ralph W. Tiner recently retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) where he served as regional wetland coordinator for the Northeast Region, Hadley, Massachusetts. He has been mapping wetlands since 1970, first as a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, then with the State of South Carolina, and finally as part of the FWS’s National Wetlands Inventory Program. Through his participation on national committees, he has helped standardize on-the-ground wetland delineation practices for implementing federal wetland regulations in the United States. He is editor of the Wetland Science and Practice journal and the author of over 200 publications.

Megan W. Lang is a research associate professor at the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Her career in wetland sciences began in 1996, as an undergraduate student researching succession in abandoned rice fields while at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She leads the U.S. Department of Agriculture Mid-Atlantic Wetland Conservation Effects Assessment Project, serves as an associate editor for the journal Wetlands, and has published over 40 scientific articles and book chapters. She has also helped to develop wetland monitoring strategies for the state of Maryland and the United States.

Victor V. Klemas is professor emeritus at the School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. Since 1976, he has directed the university’s Center for Remote Sensing, where he pioneered the application of a wide range of remote sensing techniques in the study of wetland and estuarine ecosystems in the United States and overseas. Dr. Klemas has published his research results in 120 scientific journal articles and coauthored several books. He has also served on six scientific committees of the National Research Council (National Academy of Science) and various government advisory panels.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems