Title

Using the fractal dimension to differentiate between natural and artificial wetlands.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Barnali Dixon

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Date Issued

January 2008

Date Available

June 2014

ISSN

1521-0227

Abstract

Artificial wetlands are characterized by straight lines and simple perimeters such as circles or squares, whereas natural wetlands show far more complex shapes. Fractal dimension analysis provides a quantitative measure of the curves for the edge of an object. This study uses fractal theory to analyze the characteristic of an object's shape to differentiate natural wetlands from artificial wetlands. The objectives of this study were to: 1) determine how the shape complexity metrics varies between raster and vector formats and 2) if there is a quantifiable difference between patch metrics of the fractal dimension of natural vs. man-made wetlands.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 10 (1-2), 33-44. DOI: 10.1504/IER.2008.053960

Language

en_US

Publisher

Inderscience Publishers

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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