National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office (NUPO) leads the research and integration activities needed to make UAS data collection an efficient, safe, and cost-effective remote sensing tool for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and USGS scientists.

UAS technology significantly expands DOI’s ability to obtain critical remotely-sensed data with a process that’s safer, less expensive, and has less environmental impact than more traditional data collection methods.

DOI manages over 20 percent of the Nation’s public lands and is responsible for migratory bird and wildlife conservation; historic preservation; endangered species conservation; surface-mined lands protection and restoration; and mapping, geological, hydrological, and biological science for the Nation. Therefore, access to remotely-sensed data is critical to fulfilling the DOI’s commitment to provide the best available science over such diverse missions and extensive landscape.