Digital Cameras Aid Research

Aerial surveys become a way of routinely checking areas burned by wildfires or invaded by pests or weeds, and digital imagery is a major part of the technique.

Researchers man the ground control station for an aerial photography mission in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
In Las Cruces, New Mexico, researchers prepare to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle from a catapult (atop the vehicle). Left to right in the ground control station: ARS technicians Amy Slaughter and Connie Maxwell and New Mexico State University remote sensing scientist Andrea Laliberte.
courtesy Stephen Ausmus/ARS