National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office is leading the implementation of UAS technology in anticipation of transforming the Department of the Interior (DOI) approach for collecting remote sensing data. UAS technology is being made available to monitor environmental conditions, respond to natural hazards, understand landscape change rates, recognize the consequences and benefits of land and climate change, conduct wildlife inventories and support related land management missions. The USGS is teaming with all of the DOI bureaus, academia, industry, state and local agencies under guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the DOI Office of Aviation Services (OAS) to lead the safe, efficient, cost-effective and leading-edge adoption of UAS technology into the scientific research and operational activities of the Department.
|UAS Derived Data Products|
|Data collected during UAS missions are used to produce various derived data products. These products are generated by the USGS to help answer scientific and natural resource questions. Please click above to see a full listing of example products and descriptions.|
Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge, NV
USGS and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service use unmanned aircraft systems to improve waterfowl survey accuracy (i.e. species identification, and count estimates) and eliminate pilot/passenger safety risks.
Klamath Basin, OR|
USGS-BIA-FWS-Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program utilize UAS technology to study stream temperature dynamics on the river systems within the Upper Klamath Basin
In The News
WASHINGTON - Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as "drones," interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in their simple message to drone operators: If you fly; we can't.