National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office 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.

Data collection provided by UAS enhance the DOIs ability to perform missions such as monitoring environmental conditions, analyzing the impacts of climate change, responding to natural hazards, understanding landscape change rates and consequences, conducting wildlife inventories, and supporting related land-management.

NUPO researchers have made great strides towards operationalizing the use of UAS data collection, but the ongoing evolution of UAS technology challenges them to continually enhance information transfer methods, sensor integration solutions, software application developments, and the implementation of new technology. NUPO staff are also increasingly engaged in coordinating training and providing advanced levels of support to emerging USGS UAS field offices.