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An assessment of urban development into coastal wetlands using historical aerial photography: a case study

Niedzwiedz, W.; Batie, S.

Environmental management 7(3): 205-213


ISSN/ISBN: 0364-152X
DOI: 10.1007/bf01866962
Accession: 015014129

Like many other states in the USA, Virginia passed legislation to protect coastal wetlands with limited information on the rate and location of past wetlands conversions. This information, however, can be useful in the design of cost-effective and flexible programs for wetlands management, particularly when such information is used in combination with studies of the socioeconomic value of wetlands. This paper reports on the use of photogrammetric and interpretive methods to determine historical changes in wetlands use for Virginia Beach and Accomack counties, Virginia. Conclusions are drawn as to the use of such information in policy design and program monitoring.

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