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Wednesday, March 27 • 16:00 - 16:30
Developing a military training impacts assessment protocol using multispectral satellite imagery analysis

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The Orchard Combat Training Center (OCTC), located approximately 25 miles south of Boise, Idaho, is one of the nation's premier military vehicle maneuver training facilities. Being located within the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, mitigation of vegetation and soil impacts of off-road tracked and wheeled vehicle operations is one of the OCTC's highest management priorities.
An important step in mitigating impacts is identifying and prioritizing areas where rehabilitation efforts are needed. Previously, this was done by visual inspection of areas where training operations were planned to take place. However, the success of this method to produce a complete and accurate picture of maneuver impacts has been questionable. Given the historical success of remote sensing techniques in supporting environmental and land management efforts, we seek to develop a protocol using satellite imagery analysis to help identify areas where military maneuver impacts have likely occurred. We have evaluated a number of similar studies that used vegetation indices, principle components analysis, and change detection methods to identify human caused ecological impacts and have begun testing these methods at the OCTC. This presentation will provide a discussion of our findings to this point and the way ahead for developing our impacts assessment protocol.

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Keith Olson, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Idaho Military Division, Sustainable Range Program
I've been working with GIS applications to military lands management and range safety operations for over a decade. Dabbled a bit in remote sensing and web mapping for project support.

Wednesday March 27, 2019 16:00 - 16:30 MDT
Cedar Room Red Lion Downtowner, 1800 W Fairview Ave

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