Identification of Conservation-Critical Land-Use Change with High Resolution Satellites

Identification of Conservation-Critical Land-Use Change with High Resolution Satellites

This project will develop methods, software and IT infrastructure designed to enable the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to effectively utilize the NextView commercial high-resolution satellite imagery available to federal agencies via a cooperative agreement with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Currently, the sheer volume of this data resource prevents it from being effectively used in conservation planning applications in across the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Mexico. We will develop a process to automatically catalog and index both the images and the critical habitat change features found within them by using state-of the art Object Oriented Image Analysis based change detection.

The PPJV coordinated the launching of this research project including generating the conceptual proposal with the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Science Support Team’s land use change committee and coordinating with 6 Joint Venture, 4 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, and the National USFWS Inventory and Monitoring program.

Partners: 6 Joint Venture and 4 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC)