Date of Award
Physical and Applied Science
College of Science
Type of Degree
Anthropogenic change of streambeds in the Beckley, West Virginia watershed region was modeled using Landsat 5 TM satellite data from 1988 and 2003, and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data for 1969 and 2005. Comparing the 15 year land cover changes and the 36 year elevation shifts, and using a modified Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE), in ESRI ArcMap and ERDAS Imagine, a streambed shift model was created. The model predicted land cover and elevation changes for 2018, using inputs from geospatial differencing of 2003 and 1988 land cover as well as 2003 and 1969 DEM data. Further analysis using hydrodynamic differential equations provided in depth information on stream clogging over the 15 year study period.
River channels - West Virginia - Beckley.
Rivers -- Environmental aspects.
Reinhardt, Andrew D., "Predicting anthropogenic streambed shifts in Beckley, West Virginia, modeled over 15 years using Landsat TM and DEMs" (2013). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 768.