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Ther Role of Remote Sensing and GIS in Identifying and Removing Buried World War I Munitions at the American University, Washington, Dc

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Abstract:During World War I, The American University in Washington D.C. was used by the U.S. Am1y as an experiment station for the development and testing of a variety of battlefield munitions including chemical weapons such as Mustard Gas, Phosgene, Ricin and Lewisite, among others. After the end of the War in 1918, many of the weapons and chemical agents were haphazardly buried in and around the American University testing area which is now known as Spring Valley. In 1993, chemical-laden mortar shells were accidentally unearthed by a construction crew setting off a series of investigations that, to date, has cost over 40 million dollars and is still on-going. The Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center (EPIC) is supporting the on-going Superfund investigation efforts using remote sensing technology .Both conventional and research applications of remotely sensed imagery , along with GIS database developments, are playing a critical role in the discovery and removal of chemical weapons and contamination in this area. This poster will document EPIC's use ofhistorica1 imagery, GIS, photogramrnetry and hyperspectral remote sensing in locating and removing these weapons from the environment.
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Citation:Slonecker, E. T. Ther Role of Remote Sensing and GIS in Identifying and Removing Buried World War I Munitions at the American University, Washington, Dc. Presented at USGS, Geographic Analysis and Monitoring Symposium, Fort Collins, CO, November 13, 2003.
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Landscape Ecology Branch
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Product Type: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 11/13/2003
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Bullet Item Remote Sensing Technologies Applications Research
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