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Locating Buried World War I Munitions With Remote Sensing and GIS

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Abstract:During World War I, the American University in Washington, D.C. was used by the U.S. Army as an experiment station for the development and testing of a variety of battlefield munitons including chemcial weapons such as Mustard Gas, Phosgene, Ricin and Lewisite. After the end of the Ware 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 accidentlly 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 EPA/Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center (EPIC) is supporting the on-going Superfund investigation efforts using a variety of spatial technologies including geographic information systems, historical aerial photo analysis and hyperspectral 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 presentation will document the use of historical imagery and GIS, in locating and removing these weapons from the environment and establishing a risk assessment methodology for on-going remedial activities.
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Citation:Slonecker, E. T. Locating Buried World War I Munitions With Remote Sensing and GIS. Presented at Monitoring Sciences Symposium, Denver, CO, September 20-24, 2004.
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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: 09/20/2004
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Bullet Item Remote Sensing Technologies Applications Research
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