What are examples of projects in which the USGS has used unmanned aircraft?

The USGS small UAS missions to date include estimating migratory bird populations (sandhill cranes and sage grouse), monitoring impacts of dam removal and erosion on rivers (Elwha and Glines dams, and Missouri River), surveying surface mines (West Virginia), locating and mapping abandoned solid waste (Mojave National Preserve), and assessing park boundaries while detecting invasive species (Haleakala National Park).

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 The mapping team in front of the old Coast Guard Station at Cape Cod National Seashore. Left to right: Michael Klinker, Connor
April 1, 2016

The USGS conducted UAS flights to map the Nauset Marsh and Coast Guard Beach areas of Cape Cod National Seashore on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. These are the first authorized UAS flights in the northeast region of the national park system, and were performed under a research permit according to FAA and DOI regulations.