Capstone Title

The Use of Satellite Imagery in Coastal Zone Management (Selected Studies and Applicability)

Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. Coastal Zone Management

First Advisor

Stacy Myers

Second Advisor

Bart Baca

Third Advisor

Richard E. Dodge


This Capstone Review Paper is a review of satellite imagery functions in the coastal zone areas. The background section of this paper addresses remote sensing, satellite programs, the collection and distribution of data, and data analysis/image processing. This is followed by an applications and discussions section on current studies and how satellite imagery can be used in the decision-making processes for land use classification and change detection, biological analysis, hydrology, local geology, and urbanization. The final section of this paper summarizes the future of satellite programs.

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