Date of Award

Spring 1974

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biological Sciences



Committee Director

Gerald F. Levy

Committee Member

R. N. Blias

Committee Member

Harold G. Marshall

Committee Member

Paul W. Kirk, Jr.

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.B46 H657


Color infrared aerial photography was found to be superior to color aerial photography in an ecological study of Lynnhaven Bay, Virginia. The research was divided into three phases: 1) determination of the feasibility of correlating color infrared aerial photography with wetland species composition and zonation patterns, 2) determination of the accuracy of the aerial interpretation and problems related to the aerial method used, and 3) comparison of developed with undeveloped areas along Lynnhaven Bay's shoreline.

Wetland species composition and zonation patterns of major cones were correlated with aerial infrared photography and resulted in a high degree of accuracy. Problems with changing conditions existed, making it necessary to use several different characteristics in identification. The main characteristics used were known zonation patterns, textural signatures and color tones, Lynnhaven Bay's shoreline was 61.5 percent developed.


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