Updating Land Cover Classification

Completed as part of my master's program, this project assisted a geosciences student update a hydrologic model of the area surrounding Volcan Chimborazo, located in the Ecuadorian Andes.  Previously, the model was based on land surveys conducted in 1976, but an increase in population and agricultural fields and a decrease in the extent of the glacier that tops the mountain necessitates an updated land cover classification to be able to best model the hydrology of the region.  

Landsat 8 imagery, orthophotos, a DEM, and shapefiles were inputted into the object based image analysis software eCognition and a ruleset was developed in order to extract classes relevant for the model.