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Rapid Surface Velocity Mapping for Model Calibration and Enhanced Decision-Making. Part II: New Tools and Growing Capabilities
This presentation will describe the surface velocity pilot project done with support from the Inland Oil Spill Preparedness Program in 2020. This effort focuses on the development of techniques and methods to measure and map surface velocity vectors over miles of river reaches using Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) with the goal of informing inland oil spill response and cleanup in a rapid response environment. Since the pilot project completion, data visualization tools have continued development with increasing utility to a broader audience. The USGS’ Next Generation Water Observing System Program (NGWOS) has supported further development of these techniques and training for UAS operators across USGS. That training began in March 2022 and will continue into 2023. This combined effort will help grow the community of capable responders within DOI.

May 25, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Geoffrey DeBenedetto
Geographer @US Geological Survey Arizona Water Science Center
Geoff, a Geographer with the USGS Arizona Water Science Center, has a background in aviation, remote sensing, and USGS stream gaging technique. He works with a small team of talented Hydrologists at the USGS developing and implementing tools to improve data collection and analysis with the goal of improving daily operations, as well as, providing timely information to stakeholders and cooperators for monitoring and decisions-making.