Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Spring 2015


Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015


Copyright © 2015 Joe Arneson


Images can be helpful in explaining different aspects about science that is unfamiliar to some. This study looked at two separate locations on the Platte River through images. High and low flow events were studied at each location. The riparian areas of these two locations were studied. The RGB values of each location and each flow event were used to rank the healthiness of the vegetation and to see how the vegetation responded to the different flows. The results were inconclusive, with no statistically significant answer. It did however look as if the healthiness of the vegetation, as determined by this formula from the RGB values, was higher when the flows in the Platte River were higher. Although no real answer was determined, a new method of studying vegetation was investigated and implemented.