Updating boundaries for large water bodies of the Coteau des Prairies using Landsat 8

Authors: Bruce Millett*, South Dakota State University
Topics: Water Resources and Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Wetlands, Landsat 8, ArcGIS Pro, Image classification
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Large lakes and wetland boundaries of the Coteau des Prairies and surrounding region have changed since the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) dataset was developed approximately 30 years ago. Landsat 8, a NASA and USGS collaboration, acquires global moderate-resolution measurements in the visible, near-infrared, short wave, and thermal infrared. Boundary limits for large water bodies were updated using 2016 Landsat 8 imagery with less than ten percent cloud cover. Unsupervised and supervised classification methods were used to extract water features from Landsat 8 imagery using ArcGIS Pro Imagery tools. Extracted polygon features were manually edited and overlaid with the NWI dataset. A final map was created by overlaying water body features on the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Digital Elevation Model (DEM).

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