DOI Remote Sensing Activities 2016

Remotely sensed data and derived information contribute significantly to mission-critical work across the Department of the Interior (DOI). This report from the DOI Remote Sensing Working Group (DOIRSWG) highlights a sample of DOI remote sensing applications and illustrates the many types of technology, platforms, and specialized sensors employed.* DOI personnel use remote sensing technology to evaluate and monitor changing land-surface and natural resource conditions over the vast areas for which DOI has responsibility.

The DOIRSWG is a coordination body founded in the 1980s.  Over the ensuing decades, during which remote sensing technology has undergone substantial evolution, the goals of the DOIRSWG have remained constant:

  • Exchange information on remote sensing activities, capabilities, needs, and concerns.
  • Identify opportunities for cooperation among Bureaus and Offices.
  • Integrate Bureau and Office requirements and interests into coordinated DOI positions on national remote sensing issues to help guide interagency activities involving the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, other agencies, and Congress.
  • Inform DOI Bureaus and Offices about U.S. and foreign remote sensing programs.


The DOIRSWG is co-chaired by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Land Management, and staffed by the representatives shown below. These individuals ensure that information is shared across their respective agencies and that their agency’s needs and interests are represented. Interested DOI personnel are encouraged to participate.

BIA – Wyeth (Chad) Wallace
BLM – Matt Bobo
BOR – David Eckhart
NPS – David Duran
FWS – Brian Huberty
USGS – Tim Newman
Executive Secretary (USGS) – Greg Snyder
Report Editor (USGS) – Cynthia SA Wallace

*Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.