Habitat Monitoring (Under Construction)
Habitat monitoring consists of the collection of environmental parameters either in the field by biologists and engineers or remotely form air planes and satellites. Both methods are designed on collecting particularly information which varies on scale and precision. Remote sensing or the collection of data from an airplane or space can provided a data set that is very repeatable, covers a large area and is what the Snake River Region uses to monitoring changes in land cover including riparian cover, canopy height (Figure 1) and channel meander shape & length (Figure 2).
Figure 1: Digital elevation models for riparian cover (left) and riparian canopy height (right) produced using LiDar technology.
Figure 2: The illustration above is a digital elevation model for the confluence of Coppei Creek and the Touchet River in the City of Wiatsburg. The DEM is generated using LiDar where only the ground surface layer is shown. Within the model all the trees and buildings have been removed to provide the best view of the ground. In the illustration you can still make out the streets and foundations of buildings as well as the river channels and the river levees confining the Touchet River.
Remote data collection is also via ground based stations for example the stream side monitoring of river flow and