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Wille, Christian (2007): Air photography Samoylov Island. PANGAEA,

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For the qualitative description of surface properties like vegetation cover or land-water-ratio of Samoylov Island as well as for the evaluation of fetch homogeneity considerations of the eddy covariance measurements and for the up-scaling of chamber flux measurements, a detailed surface classification of the island at the sub-polygonal scale is necessary. However, up to know only grey-scale Corona satellite images from the 1960s with a resolution of 2 x 2 m and recent multi-spectral LandSat images with a resolution of 30 x 30 m were available for this region. Both are not useable for the desired classification because of missing spectral information and inadequate resolution, respectively.
During the Lena 2003 expedition, a survey of the island by air photography was carried out in order to obtain images for surface classification. The photographs were taken from a helicopter on 10.07.2002, using a Canon EOS100 reflex camera, a Soligor 19-23 mm lens and colour slide film. The height from which the photographs were taken was approximately 600 meters. Due to limited flight time, not all the area of the island could be photographed and some regions could only be photographed with a slanted view. As a result, the images are of a varying quality and resolution.
In Potsdam, after processing the films were scanned using a Nikon LS-2000 scanner at maximal resolution setting. This resulted in a ground resolution of the scanned images of approximately 0.3x0.3 m. The images were subsequently geo-referenced using the ENVI software and a referenced Corona image dating from 18.07.1964 (Spott, 2003). Geo-referencing was only possible for the Holocene river terrace areas; the floodplain regions in the western part of the island could not be referenced due to the lack of ground reference points. In Figure 3.7-1, the aerial view of Samoylov Island composed of the geo-referenced images is shown.
Further work is necessary for the classification and interpretation of the images. If possible, air photography surveys will be carried out during future expeditions in order to determine changes in surface pattern and composition.
Related to:
Schirrmeister, Lutz; Grigoriev, Mikhail N; Kutzbach, Lars; Wagner, Dirk; Bolshiyanov, Dimitry Yu (2004): Russian-German Cooperation System Laptev Sea: The Expedition Lena-Anabar 2003. In: Schirrmeister, L (ed.), Expeditions in Siberia in 2003, Reports on Polar and Marine Research, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, 489, 1-210, hdl:10013/epic.10494.d001
Latitude: 72.376480 * Longitude: 126.489230
Minimum Elevation: 8.0 m * Maximum Elevation: 8.0 m
Samoylov_Island * Latitude: 72.376480 * Longitude: 126.489230 * Elevation: 8.0 m * Location: Samoylov Island, Lena Delta, Siberia * Method/Device: Multiple investigations (MULT)

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