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Assess Burn Scars with Satellite Imagery

Description: 

In this project, you'll assume the role of a geospatial scientist working with the Montana Forestry Department to analyze the damage in Glacier National Park. You'll first compare Landsat 8 imagery from before and after the fires. Then, you'll change the band combination of the post-fire imagery in order to emphasize burn scars and make a qualitative judgment. Afterward, you'll quantify your assessment by calculating a Normalized Burn Index (a ratio designed to highlight burned areas) from the imagery. Lastly, you'll create a feature class to represent the burn scar, calculate its acreage, and publish it to ArcGIS Online to share with the department.

Learning Targets: 
Displaying imagery with different spectral band combinations
Creating a custom band combination
Calculating a Normalized Burn Index
Creating a new feature class
Publishing layers to ArcGIS Online
Author: 
GRACE Project
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Creative Commons Licence
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