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Title: Remote sensing of land use and water quality relationships : Wisconsin shore, Lake Michigan
Authors: United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Haugen, Richard K.
McKim, H. L. (Harlan L.)
Marlar, T. L. (Thomas L.)
Keywords: Aerial photography
Infrared detection
Infrared photography
Lake Michigan
Land use
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 76-30.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: The focus of this investigation was to assess the utility of remote sensing techniques in the study of land use-water quality relationships in an east central Wisconsin test area. The following types of aerial imagery were evaluated for this purpose: high altitude (60,000 ft) color, color infrared, multispectral black and white, and thermal; low altitude (less than 5000 ft) color infrared, multispectral black and white, thermal, and passive microwave. A non-imaging hand held four-band radiometer was evaluated for utility in providing data on suspended sediment concentrations. Land use analysis includes the development of mapping and quantification methods to obtain baseline data for comparison to water quality variables. Suspended sediment loads in streams, determined from water samples, were related to land use differences and soil types in three major watersheds. A multiple correlation coefficient 𝘙 of 0.85 was obtained for the relationship between the 0.6-0.7 µm incident and reflected radiation data from the hand-held radiometer and concurrent ground measurements of suspended solids in streams. Applications of the methods and baseline data developed in this investigation include mapping and quantification of land use, input to watershed runoff models, estimation of effects of land use changes on stream sedimentation, and remote sensing of suspended sediment content of streams. High altitude color infrared imagery was found to be the most acceptable remote sensing technique for the mapping and measurement of land use types.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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