Remote sensing technology provides a vehicle for the rapid collection of current, detailed land-use data for a variety of planning purposes. Especially relevant is the spatial context of the data which provides the analyst with a knowledge of the distribution of resources, their areal extent, and proximal relationships. However, the analytical phase can be enhanced by registering the data to a coordinate system which allows combination with other resource data (e.g., soils, topographic). Such an approach was used to increase the utility of remotely sensed interpretations and provide quantitative spatial analyses for a rapidly developing area adjacent to the Black Hills in western South Dakota. Land-use interpretations (Modified Level III, visually interpreted) from RB-57 photography were digitized (congressional township coordinates) using the dominant feature of a 2.5-acre cell. Unpublished soil survey data were similarly digitized and interpretive soils maps generated by means of a computer-assisted process with overlay capabilities. Resulting interpretations of soils data and land-use data were integrated and maps were computer-plotted at several scales to study land-use and soils relationships and temporal land-use changes. This series of analyses also was used in the development of zoning ordinances and maps for the area. The role of remote sensing in land analysis can be enhanced by integrating the data with other resource data through assignment to a coordinate system which is referenced to ground points.

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    American Society of Photogrammetry

    105 North Virginia Avenue
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22046
  • Authors:
    • Cox, T L
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Accession Number: 00164874
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM