SSG RSGIS: Interpreting Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats from Aerial Imagery

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Activity Description:

This course will teach participants how to interpret and classify wetlands and deepwater habitats from geo-referenced aerial imagery.

Target Audience:

Class participants should have an interest in wetland and deepwater habitats.

Specific Objectives Include:

  • Overview of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats
  • Imagery Data used during wetland interpretation and mapping
  • Ancillary Data useful for correctly interpreting wetlands
  • Wetlands Classification
  • Interpretation of Wetland Systems and Subsystems
  • Interpretation of Wetland Classes
  • Classifying wetlands in a GIS environment

Specific learning Outcome for Participants:

The over-arching goal of this course is to teach participants how to interpret and classify wetlands and deepwater habitats from geo-referenced aerial imagery. The system this course uses for classifying wetlands and deepwater habitats is, Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States (Cowardin, et. al.). This system is recognized by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and is generally accepted as the standard for describing wetlands. The so called Cowardin System is also used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as the basis for the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI).

Wetlands are one of the most difficult collections of features on the landscape to interpret and classify successfully. The wide variety of wetland types, coupled with their dynamic nature, makes wetland interpretation challenging in the best of circumstances. Therefore, it must be understood that this course cannot replace field inspection. Rather, image interpretation of wetlands from aerial imagery should be used to increase productivity and complete wetland inventories.

Section: SSG-N040.(2)

Section Description: This online professional course teaches participants the aerial image interpretation skills necessary for identifying and classifying wetlands. This course is appropriate for anyone involved in wetland inventory, monitoring, planning, mitigation or engineering.

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Date Start Time End Time Meeting Type Location
6/9/16 8:00 AM 11:00 PM Online

MSU Main Campus

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Section Prerequisites

ESRI ArcGIS 10.x or higher required.  Experience with ArcGIS useful but not necessary.  No previous coursework required.

Section Contact Information

For registration assistance: Support is available 24/7 through DLS at (800) 500-1554 or (517) 355-2345.

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Quantity Item Cost Total
Total 400.0
1 Price enrollment fee $400.00 $400.00

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