Promising developments and future challenges for remote sensing of wetlands

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

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Wetlands are challenging targets to map and monitor because of their spatial and spectral complexity, as has been detailed throughout this book (see Chapter 3 for a review of major issues). The diversity of remotely sensed data and the techniques available to process these data have increased rapidly since the 1970s, when the United States and other countries began to systematically map national wetland resources. Recently developed remote sensing technologies described throughout this book have demonstrated their potential to further improve the detail and reliability of wetland maps. Contributors to this text have a wide variety of wetland mapping, monitoring, and classification expertise and have examined a diverse array of focus areas in terms of habitat type, climate, spatial scale, and topics of interest (e.g., water level and invasive species). These varying focus areas require different datasets and techniques, but when considered broadly, some trends become evident. What follows is a brief description of some of the most promising new developments in remote sensing data and techniques highlighted in this text and implications for future wetland mapping and monitoring. The systems and techniques that are highlighted are still very active within the research domain but have also begun to contribute to operational wetland mapping. Topics requiring more research before broader application operationally are discussed in the section-Other Advances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRemote Sensing of Wetlands
Subtitle of host publicationApplications and Advances
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781482237382
ISBN (Print)9781482237351
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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