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Technical Service Center,
Emergency Management
and GIS Group





Remote Sensing and
Geographic Information Systems

Emergency Management and GIS Group
Building 67, 5th floor, 86-68260
Kurt Wille, Manager (KWille@usbr.gov), 303-445-2285

The Remote Sensing and GIS Team (formerly group) was organized in 1975. We have over 35 years of experience and service using a large variety of:

Our staff members currently include seven scientists specializing in geography, cartography, photogrammetry, forestry, remote sensing, GIS, technical writing, hydrology, biology, and computer science. We often assist clients with all types of mapping projects and data base development. We have many reports available to give examples of large database development projects, assistance with EIS’s, river mapping, canal seepage studies, vegetation mapping, irrigated lands inventory, and research on state-of-the-art technology.

We provide a large array of services to Reclamation offices and to other DOI offices throughout the nation and abroad. In addition, we have an in-house contract staff of mapping experts and technicians that are available to staff up and down on short notice to meet any client's needs.

Timely and accurate ecosystem information is vital to a good resource management program. Remote sensing (aerial photography, satellite mapping, airborne videography, thermal, etc.) captures and provides up-to-date data quickly and cost effectively. A GIS can be used for manipulation, mensuration, and scientific analysis of remotely sensed data.

A variety of data themes such as soils, slope, aspect, hydrology, and land use practices can be linked, integrated, and examined in ways that were difficult or impossible only a few years ago. Any spatially located variable can be linked and become a part of a GIS database. Various combinations of mapped variables can be used by the GIS to model and analyze a wide variety of geographic problems.

Our staff can best help clients by becoming involved in the initial planning stages of a new project. Proper planning is critical for a successful project. In the planning stage, we can acquaint you with the full range of available technology and plan the tasks so as to provide a cost-effective and superior output product.

Typical RSGIS applications include those designed to map and monitor facilities, agricultural practices, natural vegetation, riparian ecology, water quality, wildlife, fisheries, land suitability for irrigation, hydrology, water resources, water body limnology, and many other applications.

Members of the RSGIS team coordinate the Bureau of Reclamation Geographic Information System (BORGIS). BORGIS is an attempt to coordinate GIS hardware, software, and systems security, as well as to begin the efforts toward a Reclamation-wide enterprise data base. More information about the BORGIS system is available — for Reclamation employees only — on Reclamation's intranet.

Team members also represent the Bureau with the Department of Interior on ad-hoc committees such as the Base Cartography Coordination Committee, the Remote Sensing Coordination Working Group, the Wetlands Subcommittee, and the Enterprise Geographic Information Management team (EGIM).

For more information about Remote Sensing and GIS Services, contact Alan Bell, <ABell@usbr.gov>
Phone 303-445-2268, Fax 303-445-6351.

The Emergency Management and GIS Group can also help you with Emergency Management services.