In addition to funding projects, the ABSI LCC is also supporting applied science in other ways. Core staff have the ability to search archives of satellite imagery and request copies of existing data sets. If no suitable imagery exists in these archives, the staff can submit a new imagery requirement to initiate a new collection. These data may be provided free of charge to Federal, State, and Local governments, as well as collaborators, under the NextView license. In 2012, we requested a new imagery collection of St. Matthew and Hall Islands in support of a research expedition led by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge aboard the M/V Tiglax. On July 22, 2012, Digital Globe collected several cloud-free images of Hall Island (shown at right) and the western end of St. Matthew Island.
These WorldView-2 images include an 8-band multispectral image at 2m resolution, and a corresponding panchromatic (grayscale) image at 0.5m resolution. Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will use these images to map vegetation and look at coastal erosion patterns.
Interested partners should contact the ABSI LCC core staff for more information about how to search the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency imagery archive.