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2019
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UAS MODELING OF DINOSAUR RIDGE, CO - ROCKFALL HAZARD SURVEY

Date: April 2019

Size: 34" x 24"

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UAS MODELING OF CORRAL BLUFFS, CO - PALEONTOLOGICAL SURVEY

Date: March 2019

Size: 34" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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UAS MODELING OF PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, AZ - ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY

Date: March 2019

Size: 34" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, National Park Service

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UAS MODELING & BATHYMETRIC SENSOR TESTING OF DOWNING RESERVOIR, CO

Date: March 2019

Size: 34" x 24"

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USGS Tests New Drone Technology to Measure Floodwaters

Date: March 27, 2019

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2018
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Hovering Above - UAS' Role in the 2018 KÄ«lauea Volcano Eruption Response

Date: December 31, 2018

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Kapaho Bay in Kilauea, Hawaii

Date: August 2018

Size: 24" x 26"

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Kilauea, Hawaii

Date: August 2018

Size: 24" x 26"

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Milford Reservoir, Kansas

Date: January 2018

Size: 24" x 26"

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Stinking Water Gulch Watershed, Colorado

Date: January 2018

Size: 24" x 26"

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East River, Colorado

Date: January 2018

Size: 24" x 26"

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Topock Marsh, Arizona

Date: January 2018

Size: 24" x 26"

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Pelican Island, Palmyra Atoll

Date: January 2018

Size: 24" x 26"

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QCam - UAS-mounted Doppler Radar for Measuring River Velocity

Date: January 2018

Size: 18" x 24"

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2017
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Radiometric Calibration of MicaSense RedEdge® Multispectral UAS Imagery

Date: November 2017

Size: 18" x 24"

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Animation of various LiDAR derived 3D products

Bald earth digital terrain modeling with UAS collected LiDAR, Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming

Date: October 2017

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Rapid Response Data Collection Using An Unmanned Aerial System During the February 2017 Flood of the Pemigewasset River, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Date: February 2017

Size: 36" x 50"

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UAS Modeling of Devils Tower National Monument, WY

Date: February 2017

Size: 34" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, National Park Service

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LiDAR Acquired from Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Date: January 2017

Size: 34" x 24"

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2016

Bird-nados during 3DR Solo launches and landings

Utilizing UAS for Data Collection at Remote Sites, Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Date: November 2016

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Overview of Palmyra Atoll taken by a GoPro Hero 4 mounted on the 3DR Solo

Utilizing UAS for Data Collection at Remote Sites, Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Date: November 2016

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Video Of Devils Tower from the GoPro Hero mounted on the 3DR Solo

3D Modeling, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Date: October 2016

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Animation of the Devils Tower Photogrammetric 3D Model

3D Modeling, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

Date: October 2016

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Joe Adams landing the 3DR Solo

Evaluate land use impacts on sediment, salinity, and selenium distribution, Stinking Water Gulch near Rangely, Colorado

Date: September 2016

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The New Eyes in the Sky: Putting Drones to work for scientific research

USGS Monthly Public Lecture Series, Jeff Sloan presenter (1 hour and 19 minutes)

Date: August 2016

Video Format: YouTube

Video credit: Mitch Adelson and William Seelig, USGS


Joe Adams using the bungee method to launch the Falcon Fixed Wing

Earthquake Fault Surveys, Borah Peak in Idaho

Date: May 2016

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Utilization of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Acquiring High-Resolution Elevation Data

Date: April 2016

Size: 34" x 24"

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Cape Cod Coastal Salt Marshlands, MA

Coastal salt marshes can be distinguished from terrestrial habitats by the daily tidal flow that occurs and continuously floods the area. It is an important process in delivering sediments, nutrients and plant water supply to the marsh.

Date: March 2016

Size: 28" x 28"

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2015
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Applications in the Department of the Interior

Date: August 2015

Size: 15" x 10.5"

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Census of Ground-nesting American White Pelicans at Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge, NV

3D model of Anaho Island utilizing imagery collected by RQ-11A Raven UAS platform. Mission Cooperators: USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Humboldt State University

Date: May 2015

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American White Pelican Survey of Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge, NV

USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, conduct population surveys of nesting American White Pelicans at the Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada.

Date: May 2015

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Humboldt State University, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

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Unmanned Aerial Systems use at the Department of the Interior

How the Department of Interior is applying UAS technology in support of science research. Presenter: Bruce Quirk, Ph.D

Date: January 2015

Video Format: YouTube

Video Credit: C-SPAN

2014

Unmanned Bureau of Land Management Drones at the Horning Seed Orchard, OR

Date: October 2014

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Video Credit: Bureau of Land Management


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Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge Pelican Survey

The USGS in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) conducted sUAS flights to test conducting groundnesting colonial waterbird surveys.

Date: June 2014

Size: 35" x 28"

Poster Credits: USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Western Washington University Track Elk Herds with UAVs in Skagit Valley

Cooperators: USGS, BLM, BIA, WWU.

Date: April 2014

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Video Credit: Rhys Logan, WWU Comm and Marketing

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Presentation by Jeff Sloan at the 2014 Tamarisk Coalition's Research and Management Conference.

Date: February 2014

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Video Credit: Tamarisk Coalition


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Using Unmanned Aerial Systems for Pleistocene Trackway Surveys

Proof-of-concept sUAS surveys to document the presence of exposed dinosaur tracks at the paleontological track site at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.

Date: January 2014

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service

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2013
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DeBeque Canyon Landslide, Colorado

Collaboration between the USGS, Colorado State Geological Survey, BLM, and the Mesa County Sheriffs office using imagery collected from UAV to map ground movement at the DeBeque Canyon landslide in western Colorado.

Date: October 2013

Size: 58" x 42"

Poster Credits: USGS, Colorado Geological Survey, BLM

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THawk RQ-16A

The RQ-16A T-Hawk, is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Air Vehicle (AV) capable of manual and autonomous flight that employs a gasoline engine to power a lift-augmented ducted fan and uses the global positioning system (GPS) for guidance.

Date: September 2013

Size: 34" x 24"

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Using Unmanned Aerial Systems for Fluvial Mapping

Pilot study using sUAS equipped with a high-resolution digital camara to map the spatial extent and elevation of emergent sandbars along two reaches of the Platte River in Central Nebraska.

Date: July 2013

Size: 18" x 24"

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Studying Birds, With a Drone's Help

Drone technology, developed for warfare, is now being used to study the natural world.

Date: May 2013

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Video Credit: Sean Patrick Farrell, New York Times

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Raven RQ-11A

The Raven small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (sUAV) is a hand launched reconnaissance and surveillance tool. The system transmits live airborne video images, compass headings and location information to a ground control unit (GCU) and remote video terminal (RVT).

Date: April 2013

Size: 34" x 24"

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Evaluating the Raven RQ-11A small Unmanned Aircraft System for Monitoring Breeding Greater Sage-Grouse in Grand County, Colorado

This proof of concept study assessed the ability of the RQ-11A Raven small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) to detect greater sage-grouse utilizing leks (breeding areas).

Date: April 2013

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Identifying Abandoned Materials Using Unmanned Aerial Systems

Proof of concept sUAS missions to locate and survey abandoned solid waste for historical assessment potential and cleanup in Mojave National Preserve, California.

Date: April 2013

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, National Park Service

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Investigating Bird Surveys Using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Date: April 2013

Size: 34" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Geospatial Product Creation with Data Acquired from sUAS

Date: January 2013

Size: 34" x 24"

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2012
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Inspecting Coal Mining Permits using Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) and USGS use sUAS technology to help with permitted inspections of dangerous mines and mines with difficult areas of access.

Date: November 2012

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement

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Inspecting AML Features Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Prototype mission using video from sUAS to identify and map Abandoned Mine Land (AML) features such as portals and other dangerous openings, from a safe distance in Pitkin County, Colorado.

Date: September 2012

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Office of Surface Mining, Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology

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DOI sUAS Missions

Multi-agency team utilizes small UAS (sUAS) for post fire research. Mission Cooperators: BLM, Office of Wildland Fire, DOI Office of Aviation Services, USDA Forest Service

Date: August 2012

Video Format: YouTube

Video Credit: DOI Office of Aviation Services (OAS)

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USGS UAS Supporting Elwha River Restoration in Olympic National Park, WA

Exploring the potential of UAS technology for monitoring river sediment changes during one of the largest controlled releases of sediment in North American history. Mission Cooperators: USGS, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service

Date: June 2012

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Monitoring River Impacts of Elwha and Glines Canyon Dam Removal in Olympic National Park

Aerial flights utilizing sUAS were performed along the Elwha River as a collaborative effort between the USGS, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and the National Park Service (NPS). The focus of these flights, which occurred in June and September 2012, was the use of repeated sUAS surveys to acquire data that, once orthorectified, would provide information about the rates and patterns of change that occur during this large scale river restoration.

Date: June 2012

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service

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Assessing Remote Boundary Fences and Invasive Plants and Animals in Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

Feasibility study using sUAS for safe real-time monitoring of fencelines and vegetation health in extreme landscape conditions in Haleakala National Park, Hawaii.

Date: May 2012

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, National Park Service

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2011
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Inspecting Coal Mining Permits using Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Survey surface mine sediment ditches for inadequacies using sUAS technology at the Powellton Surface Mine in West Virginia.

Date: November 2011

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Office of Surface Mining

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Lower Brule Reservation, SD - Monitoring Soil Bank Erosion using Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (LBST) Environmental Protection Office and USGS monitor erosion of the Missouri River shoreline on the Lower Brule Reservation. It is estimated, the Reservation is losing shoreline at a rate of approximately 8 feet per year in some locations.

Date: August 2011

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

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Identifying Groundwater Discharge using Unmanned Aerial Systems

Locate known and unknown areas of groundwater and a collection of rectified images for time-series studies at Red Rocks Lake Wildlife Refuge, Montana.

Date: August 2011

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Utilizing sUAS to Study the Landscape Habitat of Pygmy Rabbits

Using low-altitude sUAS imagery to analyze pygmy rabbit habitats at Magic Reservoir, Idaho.

Date: June/July 2011

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, Bureau of Land Management, University of Idaho, Boise State University, Washington State University

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Sandhill Cranes Population Estimates Using Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

USGS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Service study the feasibility of using sensors on sUAS to survey Sandhill cranes populations at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado.

Date: March 2011

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Real Time Wildfire Management Using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

USGS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted sUAS flight operations during a prescribed burn event at Eglin Airforce Base, Florida.

Date: February 2011

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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2009

USGS Leveraging Excess Department of Defense UAS Equipment for the DOI UAS Technology Investigation

Date: November 2009

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USGS Raven A Exercises at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah

The USGS National UAS Project Office conducted UAS exercises at U.S. Army's Dugway Proving ground in Utah. This video explains the operation of the Raven A used during those exercises.

Date: November 2009

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