Marine Science Faculty Publications

Coral Reef Change Detection Using Landsats 5 and 7: a Case Study Using Carysfort Reef in the Florida Keys

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Landsats 5 and 7, with the Thematic Mapper (TM) and Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) sensors provide the longest time series of satellite observations available for coastal researchers. A Mahalanobis distance classification was carried out to identify four benthic classes: "coral-dominated", "sand", "algae", and "substrate". The results were compared to an in situ database, which included transect and monitoring station data, as well as an aerial photograph.

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International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), v. 2, p. 625-627