Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXIX-B6, 53-57, 2012
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19 Jul 2012
APPLIED GEOSPATIAL EDUCATION: ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING OF HIGH RESOLUTION AIRBORNE LIDAR AND ORTHOIMAGES FOR THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES
T. R. Jordan1, M. Madden1, J. B. Sharma2, and S. S. Panda2 1Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS), Dept. of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602 USA
2GIS/Environmental Science, Institute of Environmental Spatial Analysis, Gainesville State College, Gainesville, GA 30503 USA
Keywords: LIDAR, Education, Geography, Acquisition, Processing, Training, Orthoimage Submitted to the WG VI/5 – Promotion of the Profession to Young People Abstract. In an innovative collaboration between government, university and private industry, researchers at the University of Georgia and Gainesville State College are collaborating with Photo Science, Inc. to acquire, process and quality control check lidar and or-thoimages of forest areas in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of the United States. Funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, this project meets the objectives of the ARRA initiative by creating jobs, preserving jobs and training students for high skill positions in geospatial technology. Leaf-off lidar data were acquired at 1-m resolution of the Tennessee portion of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GRSM) and adjacent Foothills Parkway. This 1400-sq. km. area is of high priority for national/global interests due to biodiversity, rare and endangered species and protection of some of the last remaining virgin forest in the U.S. High spatial resolution (30 cm) leaf-off 4-band multispectral orthoimages also were acquired for both the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia and the entire GRSM. The data are intended to augment the National Elevation Dataset and orthoimage database of The National Map with information that can be used by many researchers in applications of LiDAR point clouds, high resolution DEMs and or-thoimage mosaics. Graduate and undergraduate students were involved at every stage of the workflow in order to provide then with high level technical educational and professional experience in preparation for entering the geospatial workforce. This paper will present geospatial workflow strategies, multi-team coordination, distance-learning training and industry-academia partnership.
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Citation: Jordan, T. R., Madden, M., Sharma, J. B., and Panda, S. S.: APPLIED GEOSPATIAL EDUCATION: ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING OF HIGH RESOLUTION AIRBORNE LIDAR AND ORTHOIMAGES FOR THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXIX-B6, 53-57, doi:10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXIX-B6-53-2012, 2012.

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