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Mapping wetlands and surface water in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America: Chapter 16

June 9, 2015

The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) is one of the most highly productive wetland regions in the world. Prairie Pothole wetlands serve as a primary feeding and breeding habitat for more than one-half of North America’s waterfowl population, as well as a variety of songbirds, waterbirds, shorebirds, and other wildlife. During the last century, extensive land conversions from grassland with wetlands to cultivated cropland and grazed pastureland segmented and reduced wetland habitat. Inventorying and characterizing remaining wetland habitat is critical for the management of wetland ecosystem services. Remote sensing technologies are often utilized for mapping and monitoring wetlands. This chapter presents background specific to the PPR and discusses approaches employed in mapping its wetlands before presenting a case study.

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Publication Year 2015
Title Mapping wetlands and surface water in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America: Chapter 16
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Authors Jennifer R. Rover, David M. Mushet
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
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Index ID 70048662
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center