NOAA
UAS Program

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Program Goals

-Increase UAS observing capacity

-Develop high science-return UAS missions

-Transition cost-effective, operationally feasible
 UAS solutions into routine operations

Mission Areas

High-impact weather monitoring

Polar monitoring

Marine monitoring

Vision: UAS will revolutionize NOAA observing strategies comparable to the introduction of satellite and radar assets decades earlier.


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Dr. Curtis Roegner, Ph.D from NOAA's Fisheries Uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System (UAS) for Hyperspectral Imagery

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Dr. Curtis Roegner, Ph.D from NOAA's Fisheries Uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System (UAS) for Hyperspectral Imagery

UAS PROGRAM CONDUCTS A POST MISSION REVIEW FOR QUANTIFYING RESTORATION OF JUVENILE SALMON HABITAT WITH AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE SYSTEM (UAV).

On April 26th, 2018, NOAA's Fisheries, The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, National Park Service, Ryka UAS and the NOAA UAS Program Office conducted a post mission for Dr. Curtis Roegner’s Hyperspectral Salmon Habitat Study conducted 2016-17.  The following was discussed and had multi-user interest:

Project Scope

  1. Wetlands directly benefit endangered juvenile salmon by supporting diverse vegetation communities.
  2. Restoration of degraded wetlands leads to vegetation and topographic changes that require comprehensive monitoring – difficult to accomplish w/traditional means.
  3. Develop remote sensing techniques employing hyperspectral imagery on a uav to monitor wetland restoration trajectories.

Project Goals

  1.  Equip a UAV system with a hyperspectral imager - completed
  2.  Conduct field measurements, and build Spectral Library - completed
  3.  Develop data analysis routines and analytics for critical metrics -completed
  4.  Test flight optimization and evaluation missions at additional tidal wetland systems - completed
  5.  Codify protocols for remote sensing to aid evaluation of wetland restoration trajectories and management decision making - completed