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Ackman said the ability of this remote sensing technology will also be evaluated in terms of identifying raw sewage entering the streams within the watershed.
Locating and Abating Sources of Acid Mine Drainage at Reclaimed Strip Mines
1998 Proceedings - WV Mine Drainage Task Force
INTO THE CANYON
"The main benefit of remote sensing," noted Terry Ackman, Clean Water Team Leader in FETC's Environmental Science & Technology Division, "is its ability to produce a holistic view that considers a watershed's inputs and outputs."The technology can, for example, detect acid mine drainage (AMD), sewage and natural seeps, though it cannot, by itself, distinguish them.However, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, which generates overlays of mine and geological maps with remote sensing data, will significantly help to sort out potential pollution targets.In many cases, the technologies are capable of pinpointing pollution sources that may otherwise go undetected.The technologies to be used include a multi-spectral scanner (MSS) configured with dual thermal infrared sensors and three airborne geophysical technologies: terrain conductivity, very low frequency, and magnetometry.Data for the three geophysical technologies will be collected simultaneously for all areas.
Rachel Rice Ackman
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