Integrating Very High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Remote Sensing Techniques to Detect Changes on Barrier Islands Vegetation and Elevation After Hurricane Florence

Authors: Jeffery Canaday*, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Eman Ghoneim, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Lynn Leonard, Univeristy of North Carolina - Wilmington, Joseph Long, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Andrea Hawkes, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Devon Eulie, Univeristy of North Carolina at Wilmington
Topics: Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Environmental Science
Keywords: remote sensing, drone imagery, satellite imagery, multispectral imagery, geographic information systems, barrier islands, hurricane impact
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Major Topical systems leave significant impacts on the topography and vegetation cover of the barrier islands that they pass through. The impacts associated with these events provides valuable data about the response and recovery mechanisms of barrier islands in coastal environments. The present research is aiming to monitor, in detail, the impacts of Hurricane Florence on Masonboro Island, the longest undisturbed barrier island in southern North Carolina. Different remote sensing based, geospatial technologies are being incorporated into this study to provide a broad range of data for analysis of impact and change detection of the vegetation and elevation of the island as they recover over time. Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV data, using eBee drone system) and very high-resolution satellite images (using WV-2 and WV-4 sensors data) facilitated the capturing of pre-storm conditions and the post-storm effects on the island. We hope the fusion of the UAV and RTK derived true-color orthomosaic imagery, Digital Surface Model (DSM) and satellite multispectral data enable the detection of major elevation and vegetation cover changes throughout the island. Such pre-conditions and post-storm changes can provide a detailed example of the effects of tropical systems on barrier island environments along the Coastlines in the region.

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