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Hot 'Lanta: NASA, School Kids Team To Study How Trees Help Cities Keep Their Cool

... Lear 23 will carry ATLAS plus a standard 9x9-inch aerial mapping camera taking pictures on false colorinfrared film (blue is filtered out; green shows a blue; red as green; and near infrared as red) to help in matching the Atlasimages with what is on the ground. ATLAS will be flown about solar noon (1 p.m...

Good Ergonomics Is Good Economics

...nate mission kits, could be reconfigured for cargo aerial delivery, carrying paratroopers and paratroop jumping, carrying passengers, or medical evacuation. As initially configured, anything that did not absolutely have to be included in the aircraft for straight cargo carrying was placed in one of the alte...

Small-Scale Fires Key To Understanding Forest Structure

..., is key. The researchers examined pairs of aerial photographs from 1941 and 1993,and noted significant changes in the Cub Creek Research Natural Area of theLassen National Forest in Northern California. These changes are remarkablebecause the Cub Creek area has never been logged or grazed. The only ...

Coastal Development Threatens Rare Atlantic Shorebird

...r, hunting for minnows and other small fish. Their aerial acrobatics delightednineteenth century beach goers who nicknamed them "sea swallows." They oncenested up and down the East Coast, but their long, fancy black and white wingand tail feathers made them a fashion target. From the 1870s to the early 1900...

Purdue Herbarium -- A Noah's Ark For Egyptian Plants

... That information, coupled with satellite imagery, aerial photography and global positioning systems operated by Guofan Shao, a remote sensing scientist at Purdue, will let them set up a more detailed sampling plan. Abdelfattah Nour, Purdue professor of basic medical sciences, speaks Arabic and will coordin...

Pollution, Food Stress Take Toll On Bald Eagles

...oxins, PCBs and DDEs (a form of DDT). He conducted aerial surveys byhelicopter, counting the number of incubating birds and the number of nestlingsproduced. And he watched eagle nests, from dawn to dusk, for a total of 850hours. He also filmed eagle family life. With the help of a professional treec...

The Fishing Hole Had Better Be Upstream From Commercial And Industrial Centers

...d wrote down what it is, andimposed a grid on each aerial photograph to calculate the impervious surface(paved) areas. He also has the benefit of previous research. McTammany 's advisor,Virginia Tech Biology Professor Fred Benfield, is interested in historic landuse along streams ( www.vt.edu:10021...

Exotic Species, Migratory Birds, Sea Level Rise, Wetlands, And Contaminants...USGS Scientists Discuss Innovative Chesapeake Bay Restoration Studies

...g measurement of selected subplots supplemented by aerial photography of whole plots. ("The Effect of Nutria (Myocastor Coypus) on Marsh Loss in the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland: Exclosure Study," by Michael Haramis, USGS, Laurel, Md. and Robert Colona, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapoli...

Offshore DDT Deposit Spreading, Research Suggests

...ge pipes that originally caused the contamination, aerial deposition or land-derived runoff -- could account for such quantities of DDT. The Environmental Protection Agency has designated the PVS accumulation of DDT and PCBs as a Superfund site. Zeng and Richard Teh-Lung Ku, Ph.D., a professor of earth scie...

USGS reports continued decline of California sea otters

...nd then entered into a spatial data base. The aerial counts are entered directly into a geographic information system-linked data base in the aircraft....

USGS studies wildfire ecology in the western United States

...vided by geographic information system (GIS) maps, aerial photographs and field measurements from more than 1,000 sites. All of this information is coupled with a computer model for predicting exactly where and how fast a given fire may spread. The final product is a highly versatile tool for understan...

Newly released satellite images of Antarctica a valuable scientific benchmark

...database ofinformation that includes smaller-scale aerial photographs and high-resolutioncommercial satellite images. The President announced during a state visit to New Zealand that theNational Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) would make the satellite imagesavailable to scientists. He said this ...

Gorillas in the bits: remote sensing boosts efforts to protect mountain gorillas & rebuild Rwanda's economy

...with hyperspectral data gathered by a special aerial camera and demographic information recorded on the ground. That will give the researchers and Rwandan authorities a measure of how many gorillas the area can support, and establish a baseline for documenting future habitat loss. "...

The hair of the bear: USGS releases grizzly bear numbers in Glacier National Park

... accomplished with live capture, radio collars and aerial tracking of bears, which is expensive and disruptive to bears, as well as to park visitors. In 1998, bears were lured to 620 systematically positioned "hair traps" by well-tested lures brewed from aged fish, cattle blood, and other goodies. When th...

USGS reports increase of sea otters in recent survey

...maps and then entered into a spatial database. The aerial counts were entered directly into a geographic information system-linked database in the aircraft. As the nation's largest water, earth and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the USGS works in cooperation with more than 2,000 organizatio...

Wolves in Yellowstone may aid aspen recovery

...es in the mountain West. Using historic documents, aerial photographs, and dendrochronological, or tree ring dating techniques, Ripple and Larsen determined that Yellowstone Park aspen successfully recruited tree-sized aspen into their overstory from about 1751 to 1928, but have been unable to do so since. ...

NASA satellite tracks hazardous smoke and smog partnership

... combined with the smog from Indonesia,creating an aerial canopy of pollutants. Researchers tracked the pollution using data from NASA'sEarth Probe Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) satelliteinstrument. "TOMS is the only satellite instrument thatfollows both smoke and smog, globally," said Anne Thomps...

Ill winds carry toxic dust

...nov double-checks them from the ground or by using aerial photographs. Areas with dry, exposed soil, such as industrial and agricultural areas, are the land use types most likely to produce dust. Cities, with their smooth, paved surfaces, are areas where dust gets blown through without settling. Vegetated...

GIS, bioinformatics collaborations offer promising new perspectives

...her the maps used in a discipline are derived from aerial photos taken by a satellite, as with GIS, or discoveries at the microscopic level that are mapped by gene researchers, many of the processes and technologies are similar or the same," he said. Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) Director Bruno S...

This is not your father's forest textbook

...s, sampling designs, land measurements, and use of aerial photographs. An introduction to assessing range, wildlife, water, and recreation resources associated with forested lands comprises the last chapter. The measurement principles and techniques discussed apply to any inventory that includes assessment ...

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