Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Satellite Image Based Classification Mapping For Spatially Analyzing West Virginia Corridor H Urban Development.
Author:   Chandra Lynne Inglis-Smith
College:   Science
Degree Program:   Physical Science, M.S.
Degree:   Master of Science
Committee Director:   Dr. Ralph Oberly
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   4/18/2006

This study analyzes techniques and results for urban change detection using remote sensing techniques along Corridor H in West Virginia from 1987 and 2005. Analysis procedures included Geometric Registration, Principal Component Analysis, Radiometric Normalization, Accuracy Analysis, Unsupervised Classification, and Spatial Analysis logical operators within software programs IDRISI, ERMapper, and ESRI to complete the study. The total land change for the study area for Urban was 1.4% and 4.9% for change in Cropland/Pasture. More significantly there is a 2.7 %increase in Urban development within a 1-mile buffer around the length of Corridor H. When a buffer was placed 1-mile around Corridor H from Weston to Elkins the percentage of change increased to 4.5% for Urban areas and 7.5% for Cropland/Pasture. There was a measurable increase in development and combined with traditional economic studies, remote sensing and change detection techniques are valid for analyzing urban and economic development.  

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