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The Regional Training Center (RTC) offers workshops on LIDAR, RADAR (SAR), Trimble GPS in conjunction with NEI, and UAV technology. In addition, the RTC facility is available for outside use and instruction at $600 per day upon request baring any conflict in scheduling lab usage.

We offer two different workshops annually for immersing yourself in the process of data-mining. For the past 12 years, we have offered:

Introduction to Wetland Remote Sensing & Mapping

This workshop is a special designed introductory 3 day session of lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises that emphasize the use of manual and cogitative interpretation skills of aerial photography/imagery in assessing the mapping wetlands vegetation from species level to broad vegetative level classifications routines and products. A special final computer digitizing and delineation exercise, to display final results, will be provided.

Included is a full day field trip to forest and coastal wetland areas to develop imagery recognition signatures and verify wetland interpretations made in the classroom. Course content has been designed for natural resource mapping specialist, field biologist, researchers, and others who deal with wetland wildlife habitat, environmental quality and impact assessments. Since interest in this workshop is likely to be high, an early application is suggested.

Advanced Wetland Photo-Interpretation

The development of a methodology for mapping wetlands projects; application of the Federal Geographic Data Committee adopted Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater habitats of the US system; photo interpretation of seasonal color infrared aerial photographs/imagery; use of topographic maps and soil surveys; historical wetland aerial imagery and maps; other ancillary information as aids in the photo interpretation/analytical process; ground-truth techniques and utilization of other field data.

The course will include classroom lectures, classroom exercises in photo interpretation of wetland habitats with access to stereoscopic options and fieldwork. A special final computer digitizing and delineation exercise, to display finial interpretation/analysis results, will be provided.
Two field trips will be experienced to provide wetland classification signature development and classification mapping confidence. An understanding of the identifications of wetland habitats from aerial photography/imagery (*as presented in the introduction to Remote sensing and Photo interpretation of wetlands) is essential for this workshop.

*Work related experiences can be substituted for the introductory workshop.