Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

May 1996


Published in Great Plains Research 6:1 (Spring 1996). Copyright © 1996 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Wetlands are commonly defined as areas periodically or permanently inundated with water and typically characterized by vegetation requiring saturated soil for growth and reproduction. They have become increasingly important in environmental research as their benefits to environmental systems (wildlife habitat, flood control, for example) have become better understood. Wetland and Environmental Applications of GIS is an original contribution to the study of wetlands and other aquatic environments because it is the first book to address the inventory, monitoring, and management of wetlands and other surface waters by using geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and computer modeling.

The volume is organized into four major sections comprised mostly of previously published articles. Part I (two chapters) provides an introduction to basic GIS concepts and a comprehensive discussion of the contribution GIS and associated technologies can render to wetland and water quality conservation. Part II (chapters 3-10), the largest section, focuses on GIS and remote sensing applications for wetland resource studies. Three of the chapters incorporate the use of analytical modeling and decision support for wetland restoration planning and the prediction of wetland community dynamics. Also included in Part II are papers on mangrove canopy reflectance, the use of archival multispectral scanner (MSS) data, and a multi-temporal approach for measuring wetland change.