Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Geospatial Sciences and Technology

The Geospatial Sciences and Technology (GST) program focuses its efforts on providing technical and data development assistance to UMESC and its program partners. The GST teams specialize in; using geospatial (location referenced) and remote sensing technology to collect, create, and analyze geospatial data; and creating decision support tools that make geospatial data and technology more accessible to resource managers and researchers.

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Date published: February 3, 2020
Status: Active

Remote Sensing in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Surveys Branch

The Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center and the USFWS Migratory Bird Surveys Branch continue to partner on remote sensing projects that document and describe our natural resources, including flight planning, image acquisition, and image processing support for both waterfowl and wildlife surveys and for vegetation mapping projects.

Date published: January 31, 2020
Status: Active

Deep Learning for Automated Detection and Classification of Waterfowl, Seabirds, and other Wildlife from Digital Aerial Imagery

In collaboration with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Vision Group at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California - Berkeley, the U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center is developing deep learning algorithms and tools for the automatic detection, enumeration, classification, and...

Date published: January 28, 2020
Status: Active

Exploring Invasive Plant Detection with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Sensors

Spatial maps showing locations of invasive plants equip land managers with a valuable tool. Properly acquired aerial imagery provides vegetation mappers or machine learning software an efficient venue to map invasive plants, in contrast to the effort required for an on-the-ground census of plants. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) can yield quick acquisition of aerial imagery over...

Contacts: Kevin Hop
Date published: January 27, 2020
Status: Active

Region 3 US FWS Data Digitization

The U.S. Geological Survey – Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences center houses a state-of-the-art GIS lab that hires students through a cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. The GIS lab provides technical and data management support for partners. Recently Region 3 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have required a large amount of data digitization and...

Contacts: Jayme Strange
Date published: January 27, 2020
Status: Active

Pilot project to acquire and process terrestrial lidar and multibeam bathymetry to determine feasibility as a tool for US Army Corps of Engineers Habitat Restoration Enhancement Project (HREP) embankment assessment - McGregor Island

This project is an adaptive management and monitoring plan that encompasses technical assistance to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UW-L), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Water Science Center and the USGS -Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (USGS -UMESC).

Contacts: Jayme Strange
Date published: January 22, 2020
Status: Active

Forest Canopy Gap Dynamics: Quantifying Forest Gaps and Understanding Gap-level Forest Regeneration

Floodplain forest is a major and critical component of the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS). The current and future condition of floodplain forest on the UMRS is receiving increased attention from managers as the forest appears to be declining and not regenerating. A primary concern is invasive reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea), Dutch elm disease (Ophiostoma ulmi...

Date published: January 10, 2020
Status: Active

Consequences of forest connectivity from beech bark disease in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

In this study, we are working with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PIRO, or Park) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Figure 1) to produce multiple geospatial layers of Park forest connectivity to reveal the effects of beech bark disease (BBD). There has been a 92% mortality rate of American beech (Fagus grandifolia) since BBD was first discovered in the Park in 2001. Park...

Date published: June 11, 2018
Status: Active

Small Unmanned Aircraft System Assets

This web page describes small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) assets available at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC), current to May 1, 2020. These sUAS assets will change with project requirements and advancements in sUAS technology, in accordance with the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) policy.

In accordance to DOI Secretarial...

Date published: May 21, 2018
Status: Active

Benthic Mapping – Illinois River Benthic Mapping to Support Invasive Asian Carp Research

According to the 2016 Monitoring and Response Plan for Asian carp in the Mississippi River Basin, there is little to no information regarding Asian carp behavior and habitat use in invaded areas (1). There are some studies and anecdotal information showing that Asian carp are occurring in certain macrohabitats, specifically the main channel border during low summer flows and backwaters during...

Date published: March 14, 2018
Status: Active

Decision Support Systems

A Decision Support System (DSS) can be defined in many ways. The working definition the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) uses is, "A spatially based computer application or data that assists a researcher or manager in making decisions." This is quite a broad definition and it needs...

Date published: December 7, 2017
Status: Active

Submersed Aquatic Vegetation Modeling Output Online

The ability to predict the distribution of submersed aquatic vegetation in the Upper Mississippi River on the basis of physical or chemical variables is useful to resource managers. Wildlife managers have a keen interest in advanced estimates of food quantity such as American wildcelery (Vallisneria americana) population status to give out more informed advisories to hunters before the fall...

Contacts: Jason Rohweder
Date published: December 7, 2017
Status: Active

LINK: ArcGIS Tools for Conservation Planning

  •  Allows managers and planners to rapidly assess landscape attributes and link these attributes with species/habitat information
  • Provides resource managers a means to compare the conservation potential of local management units with that of the surrounding county, state, or region
  • Can be applied to any taxa or suite of taxa and any landscape, given that spatial data
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Contacts: Timothy Fox