Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Environmental Sciences/Environmental, Earth & Ocean Sciences

First Advisor

Crystal Schaaf

Second Advisor

Jennifer Bowen

Third Advisor

Robert Chen


Saltmarshes provide essential ecosystem services, which face potential perturbation from long-term physical and chemical changes. Though contemporary remote-sensing resources offer the spatial and temporal resolution to meaningfully monitor many ecosystems, the dynamism and spatial heterogeneity of saltmarshes challenges remote-sensing instruments and analytical techniques. Through studies of various ecological components of saltmarshes, including creek geomorphology and vegetation phenology, we investigate the synthesis of remote-sensing resources to mitigate these challenges. We integrate data from a terrestrial laser scanner, the NASA Goddard Lidar Hyperspectral and Thermal (GLIHT) airborne instrument package, and the LandSat-7 and LandSat-8 record (1999-2016) over the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research site (MA, USA).


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