"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.
Technical contact: Terry Ackman
, DOE Federal Energy Technology Center
, 412/-386-6566, e-mail email@example.com.
Our Mission: To restore, preserve and promote the outstandingnatural qualities of the Cheat River watershed.