Retrieval, Display, and Analysis Support Tool for Earth Imagery.
Final rept. 1 Oct 93-30 Jun 95,
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INST OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR
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The Retrieval, Display, and Analysis Support Tool RDAST system is evaluated in terms of utility to the Special Operations Mission. RDAST is a combined analytical and computer based methodology for matching user needs with available earth imagery. Earth imagery from currently operational earth observation satellites has been incorporated into a geographic data base to provide the user sample imagery prior to acquisition of extensive datasets. RDAST could prove useful to Special Operations forces in a number of ways. Because imagery can be delivered over internet, in theatre covert operations could still maintain access to data. While the images available from earth observation resources such as Landsat and SPOT lack the resolution for many applications, many Special Operations tasks may be fulfilled using system of this spatial resolution. For example, bathymetric surveys of littoral regions can be conducted with these image resources. In this case, the multispectral image data from SPOT and Landsat compensate for the lower resolution. This report also identifies specific improvement to enhance RDASTs utility to the Special Operations forces.
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