U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA, primarily through its National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL), conducted research and used remotesensing as part of an overall environmental monitoring program. NERL completed approximately 100 site-characterization projects, using aerial photography, in FY 1995. In studying the feasibility of remedial actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), EPA used large-scale aerial photographs. EPA engineers and scientists also analyzed these aerial photos to support site selection and monitoring at hazardous waste facilities operated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). NERL also conducted research in large-area land cover mapping and has produced a land cover data set for EPA Region 3.
In addition, EPA developed and used remote-sensing systems to support enforcement of the Clean Water Act. During FY 1995, EPA used remote-sensing data in a GIS that provided useful analytical background for various environmental programs. Overall, EPA used aerial photographs and satellite data in a variety of pollution-prevention, global change, and ecosystem-monitoring studies.
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Last Updated: September 5, 1996
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