Alaska is the only Arctic State in the Nation. The Arctic environment presents some unique challenges to living, working, and operating, including a lack of road infrastructure, high costs of shipping freight, and seasonal daylight limitations during the winter. The sun drops below the horizon in November and does not rise above the horizon until mid-February.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requires field-based measurements to support management decisions covering vast expanses of land. By integrating remote sensing into the BLM's Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring strategy, field-based monitoring data are leveraged to generate information and maps that would otherwise be too expensive to produce. The BLM is developing a core set of integrated and scalable remote sensing tools that will provide an integrated, quantitative monitoring approach to efficiently and effectively document the impacts from authorized and unauthorized disturbance and land treatment activities at local and regional scales.
The Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite near Shell, Wyoming, showcases an exposed dry wash with hundreds of Jurassic, carnivorous dinosaur tracks preserved in the rock. The tracks, formed approximately 167 million years ago, were discovered by members of the public in 1997. The BLM has created a 40-acre recreation site around this quarter-acre tracksite and is tasked with preserving the tracks and their value for the public.
The National Operations Center (NOC) and the BLM Gunnison Field Office are using remotely sensed data and field data to monitor the impact of meadow restoration activities within the Gunnison Basin, Colorado, through a collaborative, multi-stakeholder effort with the BLM, the Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP), and the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD).
The BLM National Operations Center (NOC), through a National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) ROSES grant, has partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of California, Los Angeles researchers to create an online mapping application called LandCART: Landscape Cover Analysis and Reporting Tools.
The National Operations Center (NOC) provides remotely sensed geospatial data products to support management officials conducting Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) activities on wildfire-affected BLM lands. The ESR program is implemented to lessen post-fire effects such as erosion and to restore affected habitats.
Combining Elevation Data Sources and Statistical Simulation Improves Long-Term Mining Production Verification Analysis
The BLM’s National Operations Center (NOC) frequently assists field offices with production verification at mine sites across the West, but these analyses are often limited by a lack of historical data.
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.
A decommissioned landfill located on BLM-managed land in Fairplay, Colorado, was found to be leeching chemicals into the groundwater.
Landscape Cover Analysis and Reporting Tools (LandCART) is an online mapping application being developed by the BLM Geospatial Imaging group at the National Operations Center (NOC) through a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) grant in partnership with U.S. Geological Survey and University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) geospatial researchers.
Since 2014, the National Operations Center (NOC) has provided remotely sensed geospatial data products to support management officials conducting Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) activities on wildfire-affected BLM lands. The ESR program is implemented to lessen post-fire effects such as erosion and to restore affected habitats.