Michelle Diaz

MS in Sustainability in the Urban Environment

Graduated: 12/2013

Michelle_DiazResearch : Land Classification on Peru Wetlands

Wetlands are an important part of the carbon cycle because of their large amount of carbon dioxide and methane and can work as pool, sink or source of them. The presence of wetlands can be determined using remote sensing by their characteristic of no slop of the land surface with Digital Elevation Model images and by the lower value of backscattering in PALSAR. The study was achieved using ENVI software with decision tree classification method dividing in three classes: open water, forest, inundated vegetation.

Bio: Michelle graduate on May 2012 from the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez Campus with a BS in Chemical Engineering with a certification in Environmental Engineering. She is working as a graduate researcher with Professor Kyle McDonald in the biogeomechistry analysis of wetland dynamics.