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2006 Applied Technology Committee - Remote Sensing Applications

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Remote Sensing

LIDAR

Idaho NRCS, in cooperation with Bureau of Reclamation, contracted for 100,000 acres of LIDAR to be flown in the Boise Valley. NRCS wanted the data for work on low relief soil survey update work where coarser traditional DEM are not useful. The LIDAR was taken in November of 2003 with a 2 meter pixel size with 15 cm vertical accuracy. Both bare earth and first return data were taken.

David Hoover
State Soil Scientist
Idaho
Dave.Hoover@id.usda.gov
208-378-5790

Roger Hirschman
State GIS Coordinator
Idaho
Roger.Hirschman@id.usda.gov
208-378-5785

http://www.lidar.com/

http://asd-www.larc.nasa.gov/lidar/lidar.html

http://lidar.ssec.wisc.edu/

http://www.horizonsinc.com/lidar.php

Remote Sensing

Multiple Layers

A Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) agreement was initiated between BLM and Dr. Peter Scull, University of California, Santa Barbara, to develop protocols for the application of remote sensing and GIS data to soil survey in the California Desert District. Landsat TM images, SPOT pan images, USGS 30 meter DEMs, landform, geology, vegetation, and climate data were organized in a common projection and format for the project area. This data was used to develop a preliminary model predicting soil distribution for the Johnson Valley OHV area. The model was not adequate for predicting soil distribution due to the disparity in scale of the data layers and variable reliability of some of the data layers.

Bill Ypsilantis
BLM
National
bill_ypsilantis@blm.gov

 
Remote Sensing DEM Use of digital elevation models in a soil-landscape project at Redwood National Park. Pete Biggam
NPS
National
pete_biggam@nps.gov
 
Remote Sensing Shared Relief and DEM Pursuing the use of shaded relief and digital elevation models derived from LIDAR data for current soils mapping efforts underway with NRCS at Ebey’s Landing National National Historical Reserve. Interest in obtaining more information on variances in micro topography as it relates to a variety of soil properties, as well as providing more information regarding landform evolution and soil morphology and genesis. Pete Biggam
NPS
National
pete_biggam@nps.gov