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Research Project: Remote Detection and Functional Assessments for Wetlands in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-13610-029-15-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 1, 2017
End Date: Jul 30, 2018

Objective:
The objective of this research project is to investigate whether prior-converted (PC) wetlands on agricultural lands that are targeted for restoration can be assessed accurately and efficiently using remote-sensing imagery/GIS and rapid field methods.

Approach:
1. Compile remote-sensing and geospatial data layers for target watersheds. 2. Conduct pilot study during Summer 2017 from a subset of prior-converted wetlands, restored wetlands, and natural reference wetlands (4 sites in each of 3 categories = 12 sites), to locate likely Prior converted (PC) Wetlands (preferably with a training set of known locations). 3. Examine detection of these selected sites from existing remote-sensing data and models. 4. Visit and collect field assessment data on subset of sites using Stream, Wetland, Riparian Index.