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Demonstration of LiDAR and Orthophotography for Wide Area Assessment at Pueblo Precision Bombing Range #2, Colorado

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Unexploded ordnance UXO contamination is a high-priority problem for the Department of Defense DoD. Recent DoD estimates of UXO contamination across approximately 1,400 DoD sites indicate that 10 million acres are suspected of containing UXO. Because many sites are large in size greater than 10,000 acres, the investigation and remediation of these sites could cost billions of dollars. However, on many of these sites only a small percentage of the site may in fact contain UXO contamination. Therefore, determining applicable technologies to define the contaminated areas requiring further investigation and munitions response actions could provide significant cost savings. Therefore, the Defense Science Board DSB has recommended further investigation and use of Wide Area Assessment WAA technologies to address the potential these technologies offer in terms of determining the actual extent of UXO contamination on DoD sites DSB, 2003. In response to the DSB Task Force report and recent Congressional interest, the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program ESTCP designed a Wide Area Assessment Pilot Program WAA-PP that consists of demonstrations at multiple sites to validate the application of a number of recently developed and validated technologies as a comprehensive approach to WAA. These demonstrations of WAA technologies include deployment of high airborne sensors, helicopter-borne magnetometry arrays and ground surveys. This report describes the data collection, methodology and analysis conducted by Sky Research for the following high airborne sensor technologies demonstrated at Pueblo Precision Bombing Range PBR 2 in Otero County, Colorado.

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  • Photography
  • Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors
  • Ammunition and Explosives

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