BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal
Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget
see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations
Title of project
Development and Implementation of Remote Sensing Technologies for Stream Monitoring and Evaluation
BPA project number 5522000
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Sponsor type OR-Federal Agency
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Mailing address||U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
BPA technical contact ,
Biological opinion ID
NWPPC Program number
Develop remote sensing technologies for stream monitoring and evaluation, and provide technology transfer to users (PC based GIS - ArcView).
Project start year 1997 End year 1998
Start of operation and/or maintenance 0
Project development phase Implementation
The Forest Service is expected to provide 50% of the total project funding ($115,000 or $230,000). This proposal seeks matching funding of $67,500/year for two years).
The Pacific Northwest Research Station and Oregon State University, in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense, have been evaluating the utility of remote sensing technologies for stream monitoring and the identification of critical habitats for salmonids. We have concluded that several technologies are appropritate for monitoring and restoration programs. Methods have been developed for stream temperature assessment and the identification of critical stream habitats. Our current capabilities allow us to collect spatially continuous water temperature data over large areas in a single day. We have been able to identify cool-water areas and validate their use by endangered salmonids in streams that approach or exceed lethal temperatures for salmonids. Presently, we are working on improving our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the technologies. Developing the methods and protocols to implement these technologies is not part of our current funding. In addition, we would like to evaluate the utility of these technologies for the monitoring and assessment of stream habitat and riparian vegetation. We propose to develop, assess, and transfer these technologies to all potential users (federal, state, tribal, and provate), as appropriate.
Biological results achieved
Annual reports and technical papers
1) Rapid, cost-effective methods to monitor and assess stream ecosystems.
2) Addresses critical information needs for land management and regulatory agencies across the nation.
3) Applicable across multiple spatial scales.
4) PC based GIS (ArcView)
Specific measureable objectives
1) FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed): continuous stream temperature mapping across entire stream networks.
2) Visible Video: video photo points and stream habitat and other stream/floodplain/landscape features.
3) Multi-Spectral Imagery: riparian vegetation.
Collection of remotely sensed data is a cost-effective way to monitor stream temperature.
Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
1) Automated data capture and processing -- degree is dependent on the scale of question, finer attributes may still require hands-on analysis.
2) Data Analysis: highly dependent on information needs, finer scale data more costly; potential for supervised classifications.
1) We have pioneered the use of FLIR for stream temperature mapping and the identification of critical habitats (thermal refugia) for endangered salmonids.
2) On-Going multi-disciplinary research (National Science Foundation) to determine how the patchiness of critical habitats affects aquatic communities.
3) Partnership with EPA and Department of Defense developing remote sensing and assessment technologies.
Brief schedule of activities
Two year study to develop and implement technologies.
1) Rapid, cost-effective methods to monitor and evaluate streams at multiple spatial and temporal scales, for example: stream temperature; stream habitat; riparian vegetation; and other (e.g. debris flows, log jams).
2) Restoration planning: identification of critical habitats; methods to prioritize activities.
Whether remoting sensed data can be used monitor stream habits and riparian vegetation cost - effectively.
Summary of expected outcome
Finalize development and implement stream temperature monitoring (FLIR), assess and if plausible implement habitat and raparian vegetation monitoring.
Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
Forest Service provide matching funds, further cooperation expected from EPA and DOD. NSF research should further the file results.
Entire projects focuses on collecting monitoring data and developing monitoring methods.
|Historic costs||FY 1996 budget data*||Current and future funding needs|
|(none)||New project - no FY96 data available||1997: 67,500|
* For most projects, Authorized is the amount recommended by CBFWA and the Council. Planned is amount currently allocated. Contracted is the amount obligated to date of printout.
CBFWA funding review group System Policy
Recommendation Tier 2 - fund when funds available
Recommended funding level $67,500