Hazardous Waste Program
Site Development Workshop - April 7, 2005
On April 7, 2005, the department held a Site Development Workshop at the Truman Building, Jefferson City, for federal and state agencies to exchange information on requirements and potential applications of HSI with ARCHER's project personnel. The workshop included a briefing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology (ASPECT) system. ASPECT is a hyperspectral Infrared imaging system that characterizes airborne contaminant plumes.
The Workshop began with a description of remote sensing and HSI by Dr. Clayton Blodgett, Univ. Missouri Columbia, the Pilot Project's HSI analytical lead. Col Drew Alexa, HQ CAP, Director Advanced Technology Group, followed with an overview of the ARCHER HSI system, its designed missions and the results of operational testing. Six department Project Managers (PM) then presented overviews of their contaminated sites and information requirements, with discussions on potential applications of HSI and ARCHER to their requirements following each presentation. Lt Col (Dr.) John Kershenstein, CAP/Chief Scientist Naval Research Laboratory, ARCHER design group, joined the site discussions via conference phone. The exchange of information about site contamination, potential HSI analytical applications and ARCHER capabilities was informative. It provided the PMs and Pilot Project team with an appreciation for ARCHER's capabilities, and a better understanding of potential applications and opportunities for expanding ARCHER's support to states and federal agencies.
ARCHER appears to have an immediate application to several EER and solid waste management area search requirements, and a potential to support several on-going state and federal environmental studies. The sensor collects in the visible and near-Infrared (IR) spectrum, and will have limits on applications that require mid- and long-wave IR data. An example may be identifying illegal discharge points or seeps in waterways, and locating tire dumps based on reflected heat from the tires. The Project can now focus on applications that are within ARCHER's capabilities.
An ASPECT briefing followed the ARCHER discussions, presented by Tim Curry, EPA Region 7. ASPECT is an operational asset for EPA's Emergency Response team, as well as state and federal emergency responders. Its multi-spectral sensor has 16 IR detectors, and identifies airborne contaminants by their IR signature. ASPECT was used to define underground hot areas in a landfill fire in southwest Missouri, and has limited applications to ground and water analytical requirements.
The remainder of the Workshop was open to discussions of site conditions and HSI applications by attendees. Jim Felkerson, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), described an Oak Decline study in southwest Missouri, which HSI could potentially support.
All Workshop Briefings and the Workshop Report are available online.
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Submitting a Site for the Pilot Project
Anyone can submit a site(s) with contamination or other environmental conditions for consideration. The sites must be in or near Missouri. All sites will be added to the database and plotted. Coverage will depend on optimizing collection and flight planning. Analysis of the imagery is limited by funding. If a site is selected for analysis, the site contact or project manager will be invited to participate in the analysis at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Site information should include
- Contact information and phone or email
- Agency and office
- Site name
- Latitude (Decimal degrees, if possible, or available information)
- Longitude (Negative decimal degrees, if possible, or available information)
- Known Contaminants or environmental conditions (indicate if ground truth (sample data) is available)
- Suspected Contaminants or environmental conditions (identify suspected contaminants)
- Description of the site and contaminated area (diagram or aerial photo of the site)
- HSI Objective. What information would you like the Project to provide about the contamination or condition.