Science Inventory

EPIC'S NEW REMOTE SENSING DATA AND INFORMATION TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR EPA CUSTOMERS

Citation:

Garofalo, D. EPIC'S NEW REMOTE SENSING DATA AND INFORMATION TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR EPA CUSTOMERS. Presented at Above & Beyond 2001, An EPA Remote Sensing Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 20-21, 2001.

Impact/Purpose:

The objectives of this task are to provide site-specific information on the condition and activities occurring at hazardous waste sites at a point in time or over a historical period; document these conditions and changes; provide guides in the form of reports, maps, and photographs for assisting in the safe cleanup of hazardous waste materials; and assist in emergency response and enforcement efforts when requested by client offices. Remote sensing technical support is provided to all EPA Regional Superfund Offices and OERR, and includes: hazardous waste disposal site characterization and mapping; annotated aerial photographs; and enforcement support. Funding will support two Interagency Agreements to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to support facility/maintenance costs and access to and use of equipment and classified data by the Landscape Ecology Branch/Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center (LEB/EPIC) staff assigned to that location. Funding will also provide for the operation and maintenence of ESD's remote sensing and spatial data library/archive needed to support the various Superfund projects requested by EPA client offices during the year. Funding will also provide for a Senior Environmental Employee (SEE) to provide clerical support at the LEB/EPIC USGS location.

Extramural Superfund funding will also support R&D Superfund activities in remote sensing for ultimate use in the technical support program.

Description:



EPIC's New Remote Sensing Data and Information Tools Available for EPA Customers Donald Garofalo Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center (EPIC) Landscape Ecology Branch Environmental Sciences Division National Exposure Research Laboratory

Several new tools have recently been developed by the Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center to provide our EPA customers with detailed information on our data and report holdings; improved access to information regarding our research and development activities; information regarding our technical support products and services and applications of these to specific EPA requirements; and an information and training tool which presents the fundamentals of remote sensing.

Specifically, these tools include: 1) an electronic database on CD-ROM which allows all users to search the EPIC report archive of more than 4,000 site-characterization reports completed by EPIC over the past twenty-seven years and to access a wealth of information and metadata about each report; 2) a new remote sensing website just completed this past September which contains descriptions of our current R&D projects and technical support activities, products and services available, fact sheets describing a broad range of remote sensing applications to specific EPA needs, a sample interactive EPIC photo analysis report, a new product/service order form, and hyperlinks to remote sensing tutorials for those who wish to learn more about the technology and how it works; and 3) an EPIC-produced remote sensing training CD-ROM which describes the fundamentals of both analog (aerial photography) and digital remote sensing.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 03/20/2001
Record Last Revised: 06/06/2005
Record ID: 61047

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES DIVISION

LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY BRANCH