The VIMS Annual Submersed Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Monitoring Program has used black and white aerial photography to map SAV in Chesapeake Bay each year from 1984 to the present, with the exception of 1988. In 2008, VIMS initiated a pilot project to address two potential enhancements identified by a recent external program review: color film and direct referencing technology. Simultaneous color and black and white imagery was captured for three regions. In addition, GPS/inertial mapping unit (IMU) direct referencing data was acquired for two of the regions.
Report prepared for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CB973636-01-0)
Wilcox, D. J., Orth, R. J., Whiting, J. R., Kenne, A. K., Owens, A. L., & Nagy, L. S. (2009) Evaluation of Color Imagery and Direct Referencing for Mapping Submersed Aquatic Vegetation in Chesapeake Bay - Final Report. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/t9b6-6r36