BOR

The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) uses Landsat data to help monitor consumptive water use throughout the western United States. BOR analysts use Landsat imagery to map irrigated crops for estimating water demand and to monitor interstate and inter-basin water compact compliance. The BOR is also involved in ecological restoration of a number of rivers in the West. Light detection and ranging (lidar), multispectral aerial imagery, and sonar data are used to generate maps of topography, vegetation, and river channel bathymetry, which help guide restoration activities.

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Bureau of Reclamation

Population at Risk Studies for Dam Failure Loss of Life Analysis

Submitted by atripp on Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:47

BOR Population at Risk studies are used to determine the possible magnitude of loss of life in the event of a dam failure. Inundation extent, population at risk, and life loss estimation are the three components commonly considered in failure consequences. Remotely sensed data play a major role in determining population locations and densities.

Identification of Deformation in Paradox Valley Using InSAR

Submitted by atripp on Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:30

The BOR operates the Paradox Valley Unit (PVU), a salinity control project located at Paradox Valley in western Colorado that helps to minimize water degradation in the Colorado River. PVU diverts up to 90% of the naturally occurring brine groundwater in Paradox Valley, preventing it from entering the Dolores River.

Canal Seepage Detection Using Satellite-based SAR Data

Submitted by atripp on Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:00

In the United States, there are currently over 100,000 miles of canal and levee embankments on the national inventory list, most of which are 50 or more years old and have surpassed their initial design life.  These aging water conveyance systems are known to lose large quantities of water due to distributed seepage, resulting in major costs of operations and mainte

2018 DOI Remote Sensing Activities

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.

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The National Space Policy announced by the White House on July 28, 2010 recognized the Department of the Interior's expertise and accomplishments in remote sensing to provide data and advance research for science and natural resource management. This policy states:

The Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), shall:

2011 DOI Remote Sensing Activities

Remotely sensed data, information, and resources contribute significantly to mission-critical work across the Department of the Interior (DOI).  Spanning data sources from aerial photography, to moderate resolution satellite data, to highly specialized imaging sensors and platforms, DOI personnel use remotely sensing capabilities to evaluate and monitor land-surface conditions over the vast areas for which DOI has responsibility.