Date of Award
Master of Science
Dr. Adam J. Mathews
Dr. Kathleen Baker
Dr. Tiffany Schriever
GIS, UAS, wetland systems, dune systems, biogeography
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The Great Lakes sand dunes are the world's largest freshwater dune complex. There is a functional relationship between coastal wetlands and freshwater sand dune, referred to as interdunal wetlands. Interdunal wetland systems are highly dynamic and change dramatically seasonally and annually. Using geographic information systems (GIS) and unoccupied aerial systems (UAS), this thesis project is focused on understanding the spatial distribution of sparse and dense vegetation, and abiotic influence such as distance to coast, slope, and aspect influence interdunal wetland stability within a Great Lakes shoreline dune system. Object-based image analysis (OBIA) classification results extracted meaningful vegetation densities of growth and loss and wetland growth and loss features for spatial analysis. Vegetation growth is more predominant in west and south portions of wetlands and is more stable, while the north and east portions of wetland tend to expand.
Gilbert, Claire, "Analysis of Interdunal Wetlands and Ecosystem Dynamics using UAS and OBIA in Ludington State Park, Michigan" (2020). Masters Theses. 5173.