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:
- Wetlands directly benefit endangered juvenile salmon by supporting diverse vegetation communities.
- Restoration of degraded wetlands leads to vegetation and topographic changes that require comprehensive monitoring – difficult to accomplish w/traditional means.
- Develop remote sensing techniques employing hyperspectral imagery on a uav to monitor wetland restoration trajectories.
- Equip a UAV system with a hyperspectral imager - completed
- Conduct field measurements, and build Spectral Library - completed
- Develop data analysis routines and analytics for critical metrics -completed
- Test flight optimization and evaluation missions at additional tidal wetland systems - completed
- Codify protocols for remote sensing to aid evaluation of wetland restoration trajectories and management decision making - completed