Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
Research article
28 Mar 2018
Research article |  | 28 Mar 2018

Unsupervised detection of salt marsh platforms: a topographic method

Guillaume C. H. Goodwin, Simon M. Mudd, and Fiona J. Clubb

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Salt marshes are valuable environments that provide multiple services to coastal communities. However, their fast-paced evolution poses a challenge to monitoring campaigns due to time-consuming processing. The Topographic Identification of Platforms (TIP) method uses high-resolution topographic data to automatically detect the limits of salt marsh platforms within a landscape. The TIP method provides sufficient accuracy to monitor salt marsh change over time, facilitating coastal management.