Vegetation Mapping

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Eastern Michigan University wetland scientists, biologists, geographers, remote-sensing specialists, and their students conducted ecosystem research experiments and remote sensing studies at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge from 2010 through 2013.  
Research findings are currently being used to assist Refuge management in developing policies regarding conservation, rehabilitation and restoration and for identifying best practices for the control and eradication of Phragmites from the refuge ecosystem. 



The project focused on several major tasks:

1) developing and validating remote sensing protocols for monitoring Phragmites distribution;

2) mapping habitats within the refuge using remote sensing and ground truth data;

3) assessing the effects of Phragmites invasion and Phragmites removal efforts on wetland ecosystem function; and

4) publish the results of the study using a GIS-based interactive map viewer platform to inform and aid management activities at the refuge.



Learn more about the partnership between Eastern Michigan University and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge HERE.