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USGS National Range Building Update 2

By • Jul 9th, 2010 • Category: Highlights

A team of engineers from the Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) Project, working with partners in Rolla, Missouri, completed surveying for a new USGS Aerial Imagery Evaluation Range in and around Rolla. This aerial test range, one of several being built around the U.S., will be used to evaluation Data Providers as part of the USGS Digital Aerial Quality Assurance (QA) Plan. The survey team was sent to Rolla, Missouri last week to complete the survey of the Ground Control Points (GCP) eventually to be used for Data Provider product generation and of the USGS Check Points for geometric accuracy evaluations. The team in Rolla worked closely with the USGS Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center (MGSC) and the City of Rolla team members to complete the range survey and to get the signalized control points marked. The work is being done in accordance with the base-lined USGS Data Provider Evaluation Plan and Range Development Plan.

RST is also working closely with the Pueblo County Geographic Information System (GIS) office in Pueblo, Colorado to develop an aerial and satellite USGS National Test Range over Pueblo County this summer. RST is planning to send the engineer team to be in Pueblo, Colorado from July 19 – 23, 2010, to survey this range and gather very high accuracy control points across the county. While working with the Pueblo County staff, RST staff has also been in contact with NOAA and USGS field offices in Pueblo, Colorado as well as the USGS State Liaison for Colorado. This range will be the 3rd USGS test range for aerial and high-resolution satellite imagery built by the RST project.

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