|Investigating spatial resolutions of imagery for intertidal sediment characterization using geostatistics|Ibrahim, E.; Adam, S.; De Wever, A.; Govaerts, A.; Vervoort, A.; Monbaliu, J. (2014). Investigating spatial resolutions of imagery for intertidal sediment characterization using geostatistics. Cont. Shelf Res. 85: 117-125. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.csr.2014.05.012
In: Continental Shelf Research. Pergamon Press: Oxford; New York. ISSN 0278-4343, more
Intertidal; Remote sensing; Geostatistics; Interpretation; Texture; Spatial
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To investigate bio-chemical processes of intertidal sediments, variations in sediment properties such as moisture content, mud content, and chlorophyll a content need to be understood. Remote sensing has been an efficient alternative to traditional data collection methods for such properties. Yet, with the availability of various types of useful sensors, choosing a suitable spatial resolution is challenging, especially that each type has its own cost, availability, and data specifications. This paper investigates the losses in spatial information of sediment properties on the Molenplaat, an intertidal flat on the Western-Scheldt estuary, upon the use of various resolutions. This was carried out using a synergy between remote sensing and geostatistics. The results showed that for the Molenplaat, chlorophyll a content can be well represented by low to medium resolutions. Yet, for moisture and mud content, spatial structures would be lost upon any decrease of resolution from a 4 m×4 m pixel size.