Land area change analysis following hurricane impacts in Delacroix, Louisiana, 2004--2009

Scientific Investigations Map 3207
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The purpose of this project is to provide improved estimates of Louisiana wetland land loss due to hurricane impacts between 2004 and 2009 based upon a change detection mapping analysis that incorporates pre- and post-landfall (Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike) fractional water classification of a combination of high resolution (QuickBird, IKONOS and Geoeye-1) and medium resolution (Landsat) satellite imagery. This second dataset focuses on Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, which made landfall on August 29, 2005, and September 1, 2008, respectively. The study area is an approximately 1208-square-kilometer region surrounding Delacroix, Louisiana, in the eastern Delta Plain. Overall, 77 percent of the area remained unchanged between 2004 and 2009, and over 11 percent of the area was changed permanently by Hurricane Katrina (including both land gain and loss). Less than 3 percent was affected, either temporarily or permanently, by Hurricane Gustav. A related dataset (SIM 3141) focused on Hurricane Rita, which made landfall on the Louisiana/Texas border on September 24, 2005, as a Category 3 hurricane.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Land area change analysis following hurricane impacts in Delacroix, Louisiana, 2004--2009
Series title Scientific Investigations Map
Series number 3207
DOI 10.3133/sim3207
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description ii, 9 p.; PDF Download of Map: 48.01 x 36.01 inches; ZIP Download of Data Files; General Metadata File; Readme File
First page i
Last page 9
Time Range Start 2004-01-01
Time Range End 2009-12-31
Country United States
State Louisiana
City Delacroix
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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