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 methodology of efficiently collecting highly accurate 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 Department of the Interior agencies, academia, state and local agencies with guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of the Interior Office of Aviation Services to lead the safe, cost-effective and leading-edge adoption of UAS technology into the scientific research and operational functions of the Department of the Interior.
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This proof-of-concept project is focused on improved methodology for collecting census estimates of the American white pelican, double-crested cormorants, gulls and other breeding species found at the refuge. Detection of juvenile pelicans using improved sensors was the primary focus of this survey.
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