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Using Quickbird and Landsat imagery to analyze temporal changes in mountain resort development: Big Sky, Montana 1990–2005

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Natalie Campos

Montana State University, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 173120, Bozeman, Montana 59717-3120

Rick Lawrence

Montana State University, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 173120, Bozeman, Montana 59717-3120

Brian McGlynn

Montana State University, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 173120, Bozeman, Montana 59717-3120

Kristin Gardner

Montana State University, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 173120, Bozeman, Montana 59717-3120

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 5(1), 053541 (August 04, 2011). doi:10.1117/1.3615998
History: Received March 04, 2011; Revised June 28, 2011; Accepted July 07, 2011; Published August 04, 2011; Online August 04, 2011
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Documenting patterns of land use and land-cover change in mountain resort development (MRD) is important for understanding the effects of these changes of fragile mountain environments. High-spatial-resolution imagery can be useful for mapping MRD, but lack of a long-term record of such imagery hampers our ability to analyze temporal patterns. We use the results from classification of high-spatial-resolution imagery (Quickbird and LiDAR) to calibrate concurrent moderate-resolution imagery (Landsat). We then use historical moderate-resolution imagery to analyze changes in spatial patterns of MRD over time. Analyses revealed that increases in MRD occurred disproportionately close to streams, which raises concerns for impacts on water quality.

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Natalie Campos ; Rick Lawrence ; Brian McGlynn and Kristin Gardner
"Using Quickbird and Landsat imagery to analyze temporal changes in mountain resort development: Big Sky, Montana 1990–2005", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 5(1), 053541 (August 04, 2011). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3615998


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