National Unmanned Aircraft SystemsUAS Project Office


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.

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