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Investigating Bird Surveys Using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Date: April 2013

Size: 34" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, USFWS, BLM, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Geospatial Product Creation with Data Acquired from sUAS

Date: January 2013

Size: 34" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS

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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). The Raven aircraft is hand launched without the need of special equipment or landing area required. The system employs a self-stabilizing aircraft configuration with stability augmentation avionics and provides ease of control and steady video imagery. The optics package includes an electrooptical (EO) color camera nose payload (side and forward look on the same payload) and two infrared (IR) thermal nose payloads (a side look payload or a forward look payload). The Raven system is typically operated by a two person team consisting of a Pilot and Mission Controller.

Date: April 2013

Size: 34" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS

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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. Interchangeable sensors allow the AV to be configured with either a gimbal mounted electro-optical (EO) camera or gimbal mounted infrared (IR) camera. The AV can provide a persistent stare capability while transmitting live airborne video images.

Date: September 2013

Size: 34" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS

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

Date: August 2015

Size: 15" x 10.5"

Poster Credits: USGS

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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.[5] At higher elevations in the upper marsh zone, there is much less tidal inflow, resulting in lower salinity levels. Soil salinity in the lower marsh zone is fairly constant due to everyday annual tidal flow. However, in the upper marsh, variability in salinity is shown as a result of less frequent flooding and climate variations.

Date: March 2016

Size: 28" x 28"

Poster Credits: USGS

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

USGS, U.S. Fish & 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, USFWS, Humboldt State University, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

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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 as a proof of concept project testing the methodlogy for conducting groundnesting colonial waterbird surveys at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota.

Date: June 2014

Size: 35" x 28"

Poster Credits: USGS, USFWS

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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, BLM, NPS

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DeBeque Canyon Landslide, Colorado

Collaboration between the USGS, Colorado State Geological Survey, the Bureau of Land Management (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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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"

Poster Credits: USGS

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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-Fort Collins Science Center, BLM, CPW

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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, NPS

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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, OSMRE

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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, BOR, NPS

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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, OSM, Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology

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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, NPS

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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, OSM

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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, LBST

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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, USFWS

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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, BLM, 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, USFWS

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Real Time Wildfire Management Using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

USGS and USFWS conducted sUAS flight operations during a prescribed burn event at Eglin Airforce Base, Florida.

Date: February 2011

Size: 18" x 24"

Poster Credits: USGS, USFWS

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