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Vegetation change in Rockport-Fulton, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey

Authors: Spencer Lindgren*, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Brendan Lavy, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Urban and Regional Planning, United States
Keywords: Vegetation, Urban Forest, NDVI, Hurricane Harvey, Texas
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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Hurricane Harvey made landfall on 25 August 2017 near the small coastal communities of Rockport and Fulton, Texas. The area is known regionally as a family-friendly tourist destination and is home to a remnant live oak forest. As Hurricane Harvey crossed the Texas Coastal Bend, strong winds and associated tornadoes claimed many of Rockport-Fulton’s iconic windswept live oak trees. Since Harvey, the community along with non-profit organizations have worked to restore the area’s urban forest. This research measured vegetation before and after Hurricane Harvey using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). Preliminary results indicate changes in NDVI after Hurricane Harvey as well as spatial variations, which may be used to guide future tree planting efforts.

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