Pilot investigation of remote sensing for intertidal oyster mapping in coastal South Carolina: a methods comparison

NOAA Coastal Services Center (2003) Pilot investigation of remote sensing for intertidal oyster mapping in coastal South Carolina: a methods comparison. Charleston, SC, NOAA/National Ocean Service/Coastal Services Center, (NOAA/CSC/20514-PUB)

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Abstract

South Carolina’s oyster reefs are a major component of the coastal landscape. Eastern oysters Crassostrea virginica are an important economic resource to the state and serve many essential functions in the environment, including water filtration, creek bank stabilization and habitat for other plants and animals. Effective conservation and management of oyster reefs is dependent on an understanding of their abundance, distribution, condition, and change over time. In South Carolina, over 95% of the state’s oyster habitat is intertidal. The current intertidal oyster reef database for South Carolina was developed by field assessment over several years. This database was completed in the early 1980s and is in need of an update to assess resource/habitat status and trends across the state. Anthropogenic factors such as coastal development and associated waterway usage (e.g., boat wakes) are suspected of significantly altering the extent and health of the state’s oyster resources. In 2002 the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s (Center) Coastal Remote Sensing Program (CRS) worked with the Marine Resources Division of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to develop methods for mapping intertidal oyster reefs along the South Carolina coast using remote sensing technology. The objective of this project was to provide SCDNR with potential methodologies and approaches for assessing oyster resources in a more efficiently than could be accomplished through field digitizing. The project focused on the utility of high-resolution aerial imagery and on documenting the effectiveness of various analysis techniques for accomplishing the update. (PDF contains 32 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Pilot investigation of remote sensing for intertidal oyster mapping in coastal South Carolina: a methods comparison
Corporate Creator/Author: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Series Name: NOAA/CSC/20514-PUB
Date: 2003
Publisher: NOAA/National Ocean Service/Coastal Services Center
Place of Publication: Charleston, SC
Issuing Agency: United States National Ocean Service
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Environment
Item ID: 2216
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 18:42
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:28
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2216

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