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 (DOI) approach for collecting 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 DOI bureaus, academia, industry, state and local agencies under guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the DOI Office of Aviation Services (OAS) to lead the safe, efficient, cost-effective and leading-edge adoption of UAS technology into the scientific research and operational activities of the Department.

UAS Derived Data Products
Data collected during UAS missions are used to produce various derived data products. These products are generated by the USGS to help answer scientific and natural resource questions. Please click above to see a full listing of example products and descriptions.

Featured Missions
Klamath BasinKlamath Basin, OR

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

Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, OR

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.

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