The U.S. Geological Survey National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office leads the research and integration activities needed to make UAS data collection an efficient, safe, and cost effective remote sensing tool for DOI and USGS scientists.
National UAS Project Office (NUPO) researchers perform UAS and sensor technology evaluations, sensor integration activities, development of leading-edge data processing techniques and establishment of the standards and procedures needed for an operational UAS program. Research missions, often performed in cooperation with other DOI bureaus or federal agencies, focus on technology evaluations that test the effectiveness of UAS data collection for earth science investigations such as monitoring environmental conditions and landscape change rates, conducting required wildlife inventories, and supporting land and resource management.
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, WY
LiDAR model of Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming for flood management planning.
Milford Reservoir, KS
Multispectral imagery of the wetlands that supports monitoring to improve overall water quality and existing habitats. Images were taken by a MicaSense RedEdge on a Solo.
East River, CO
Natural Color mosaic used to perform the hydrological analysis of a groundwater/surface-water exchange study. Created from imagery acquired from the Ricoh GR II mounted on a Solo.
Pelican Island, Palmyra Atoll
MicaSense Rededge RGB image with bird locations (blue dots) used to count bird populations. Ricoh GR II natural color imagery taken from a Solo was used to perform the feature extraction.
Stinking Water Gulch Watershed, CO
Natural color imagery used to characterize and evaluate the potential effects of energy development and agricultural use. Imagery was taken from a Solo with the Ricoh GR II.
Devils Tower in WY
Digital 3D model that can show fine details of the surface, like erosional cracks, and provides a baseline of rock quality conditions. Produced by structure-from-motion on Solo acquired Ricoh GR II data.