Online Training

Interpreting Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats from Aerial Imagery

Sponsored by the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology, in coordination with RS&GIS and Northwest Michigan College.

Schedule: Continuous

This online professional course teaches participants how to successfully interpret and classify wetlands from aerial imagery and high-resolution satellite imagery. This course is appropriate for anyone involved in wetland inventory, monitoring, planning, mitigation or engineering. Participants must have access to ArcGIS for Desktop software version 10.1 or later.

The course is divided into 4 broad sections:

  • Imagery and Ancillary Data – sources, examples and data characteristics
  • Identifying and Classifying Wetland and Deepwater Systems and Subsystems according to the federally-accepted wetland classification system, Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States (Cowardin, et. al).
  • Identifying and Classifying Wetland and Deepwater Classes according to the federally-accepted wetland classification system, Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States (Cowardin, et. al).
  • Supplemental information regarding interpretation of Subclasses and Water Regimes.

Besides lesson content, the course includes:

  • Virtual Field trips
  • Self-Assessments
  • GIS-based exercises using ArcGIS 10.x

Length: 24 – 36 Contact Hours
Fee: $500

For more information regarding this class, contact Robert Goodwin at goodwinr@msu.edu or (517) 432-0879.