[ESIP-all] Earth Observation Information for the Shennandoah River

don Atwood datwood at asf.alaska.edu
Tue Jun 6 19:23:26 EDT 2006



I would like to offer up synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data as a possible
tool for exploring the Shenandoah. SAR has been long used to monitor
flooding, independent of cloud cover. 

Attached is an image that depicts how texture analysis can be used to
clearly delineate water regions. This kind of characterization might be of
use in monitoring the changing Shenandoah. If you see a potential benefit,
let me know. The Alaska Satellite Facility would be happy to assist in this





Don Atwood, Ph.D.

Manager- Remote Sensing Support Center

Alaska Satellite Facility






From: esip-all-bounces at rtpnet.org [mailto:esip-all-bounces at rtpnet.org] On
Behalf Of Dick Wertz
Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 6:56 AM
To: esip-all at rtpnet.org
Subject: [ESIP-all] Earth Observation Information for the Shennandoah River
Importance: High



    An interesting opportunity has presented itself.  The Earth Science
Foundation's office is located on the Shenandoah River, which was recently
cited as one of the most endangered rivers in America.  As a Clarke County,
Virginia citizen, I asked my County Supervisor what he was doing to resolve
the problem.  It turns out that he is the chair of a 15 county commission
aimed at developing a comprehensive plan for saving the Shenandoah.  I
committed to working with him to determine whether there were Earth
observation assets that could help the group do their work.  Seems to me
that we have a situation in which the ESIP Federation could work directly
with a group of key decision-makers to resolve a high-profile problem.  Do
you have EO data/information/research that would be useful in developing a
plan for the Shenandoah River basin?  Do you have data/information/research
relating to other river systems that might be useful to developing a water
quality improvement program for the Shenandoah?


Best regards, Dick Wertz




Richard C. Wertz, Executive Director
Foundation for Earth Science
3839 Calmes Neck Lane
Boyce, Virginia 22620
(540) 837-9613
(540) 837-9614 fax
(571) 437-6586 cell

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