Date of Award:

1994

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Thomas B. Hardy

Abstract

Multispectral aerial videography was used to reproduce the jurisdictional delineation of wetland area of approximately 50 hectares in Davis County, Utah Imagery from the system consisted of three-band composite with wavelengths covering 550 nm (±10 nm), 650 nm (±10 nm), and 850 nm (±10 nm). The site was overflown at three different flight dates during the 1992 growing season (June 2, July 22, October 1). Imagery resolution varied from 0.56 m to 0.81 m. Mosaiced images were analyzed with a Supervised clustering/maximum likelihood classifier, ISODATA clustering/Euclidan classifier, statistical clustering/maximum likelihood classifier, and fuzzy c-means clustering. Overall accuracies for wetland/upland designations as compared to ground truth data varied from 60% to 75%. The ISODATA method was the poorest performer for all dates and both of two accuracy testing techniques. Supervised clustering and statistical clustering were comparable with a slight edge in accuracy to the supervised clustering. The best all-round performer was the fuzzy c-means algorithm in terms of time spent and accuracy.

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