Remote Sensing Field Guide - Desert
Technical rept. 1985-1991
ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA
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In support of military operations, Army terrain analysts are frequently required to provide terrain information about an area, and to do so quickly. Examples of needed information include location of engineering materials, potential ground water drilling sites, influence of the terrain on cross-country movement, potential for dust generation, potential for cover and concealment, and sites suitable for ambush and defilade. The task is not easy because of the lack of sources for detailed and reliable information. Such information is not yet available in data bases, nor in existing maps, and neither can it be obtained by computer analysis of digital imagery. It can, however, be derived by the manual, eyeball, evaluation of image patterns. Although airborne or satellite imagery is now available for most of the world, the translation of these image patterns into forms usable by the terrain analysts has not been done. To bridge this gap, for at least one climatic zone, the Desert Processes Working Group has developed this Remote Sensing Field Guide directed towards desert operations. Although developed for military uses, this guide can serve all who travel in desert regions.
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