Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S. in Geographic Information Science

Organizational Unit

College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment


Riparian areas assessment, Land management applications, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was loaned older military Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and is pioneering their employment for land management applications. Riparian areas make up a small percentage of BLM lands but are some of the most environmentally and economically valuable. Assessments of these riparian areas are required by law. Assessments from UAS imagery could become an important monitoring tool that is cheaper, safer and allows access to previously unreachable areas. This capstone project tests the UAS imagery for conducting riparian proper functioning condition (PFC) and quantitative assessments; and includes a technical reference with an interpretation key and GIS analysis instruction for future assessments. The test area imagery was mosaicked, analyzed and instructions documented for Google Earth, ArcGIS and ENVI software.

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Rights Holder

Heather Fonda


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File Format



English (eng)


35 pgs

File Size

1.6 MB