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Guidance on Using Remote Sensing Applications for Environmental Analysis in Transportation Planning


This report is a "guidebook" on how to use remote sensing applications to support environmental assessment in transportation planning. The methods use Landsat 7 imagery and commercially available remote-sensing software to produce maps and related information suitable for a programmatic environmental impact statement. The report covers the following major topics:

  • Background on environmental analysis in transportation planning, and the value and limitations of remotely sensed data;
  • Staff, hardware, software, and data requirements;
  • Software application for land use – land cover classification;
  • Fieldwork for land use – land cover classification training and verification;
  • Use and integration of other geographic information and imagery files; and
  • Production of remote sensing – geographic information system maps and other information.

The methods are illustrated through applications to the I-405 corridor in the State of Washington.

  • Date Published: August, 2004
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 593.2
  • Last Modified: April 20, 2007
  • Authors: Demin Xiong, Russell Lee, J. Bo Saulsbury, Elizabeth L. Lanzer, Albert Perez.
  • Originator: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • # of Pages: 61 p., 1,332 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Environmental impact analysis, Geographic information systems, Handbooks, Imagery, Land use, Landsat satellites, Maps, Remote sensing, Software, Transportation planning.
  • Keywords: Transportation, remote sensing, land use, land cover, mapping, environmental assessment, I-405.
  • Related Publications: Remote Sensing Applications for Environmental Analysis in Transportation Planning: Application to the Washington State I-405 Corridor, (WA-RD 593.1).

This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008