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Data 2016, 1(3), 16; doi:10.3390/data1030016

Land Cover Data for the Mississippi–Alabama Barrier Islands, 2010–2011

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Department of Geography and Geology, University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, MS 39561, USA
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Gulf Coast Geospatial Center, University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, MS 39561, USA
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Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Biloxi, MS 39530, USA
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Naval Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Center, Hancock County, MS 39529, USA
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Academic Editor: Jamal Jokar Arsanjani
Received: 15 July 2016 / Revised: 14 September 2016 / Accepted: 23 September 2016 / Published: 30 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geospatial Data)
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Abstract

Land cover on the Mississippi–Alabama barrier islands was surveyed in 2010–2011 as part of continuing research on island geomorphic and vegetation dynamics following the 2005 impact of Hurricane Katrina. Results of the survey include sub-meter GPS location, a listing of dominant vegetation species and field photographs recorded at 375 sampling locations distributed among Cat, West Ship, East Ship, Horn, Sand, Petit Bois and Dauphin Islands. The survey was conducted in a period of intensive remote sensing data acquisition over the northern Gulf of Mexico by federal, state and commercial organizations in response to the 2010 Macondo Well (Deepwater Horizon) oil spill. The data are useful in providing ground reference information for thematic classification of remotely-sensed imagery, and a record of land cover which may be used in future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: barrier islands; vegetation; plant species; Hurricane Katrina; Gulf of Mexico; oil spill; sea level rise; remote sensing; GIS; geodatabase barrier islands; vegetation; plant species; Hurricane Katrina; Gulf of Mexico; oil spill; sea level rise; remote sensing; GIS; geodatabase
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Carter, G.A.; Anderson, C.P.; Lucas, K.L.; Hopper, N.L. Land Cover Data for the Mississippi–Alabama Barrier Islands, 2010–2011. Data 2016, 1, 16.

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