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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).

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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    
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