Remote Sensing Forum

Project Description

PNAMP wishes to support the interests of the community of aquatic monitoring partners in the application of remotely-sensed data. Topics of interest include types of remotely sensed data that are available and their sources, how these data can be used to answer specific monitoring needs, and how to best integrate aerial or satellite based data with monitoring data collected from direct or ground-sensor collected observations. Monitoring of habitat at a number of scales is of particular interest – watershed, bank, and instream.

In support of remote sensing PNAMP:

- Hosted a special session ‘Remote Sensing Applications for Aquatic Resource Monitoring’ at the 2008 ASPRS annual conference that included eleven presentations and a concluding expert panel discussion.
- Published a compilation of papers, "PNAMP Special Publication: Remote Sensing Applications for Aquatic Resource Monitoring".
- Reinstated the Remote Sensing Forum, a quarterly webinar venue where practitioners and users can learn about and discuss current topics and applications of remotely sensed data

For more information about PNAMP activities on this topic, click on "Events", "Documents" and "Key Documents" in the bottom right corner of this page.

Project Team

The Remote Sensing Forum is lead by a planning group consisting of Sheri Schneider (USGS), Jim McKean (USFS RMRS), Keith Dublanica Washington GSRO), Ken Pierce (WDFW), and Jen Bayer (PNAMP/USGS).


Remote Sensing Forum: Airborne Topo-Bathymetric LiDAR Mapping of the Sandy River, OR Russ Faux, Watershed Sciences & Amar Nayegandhi, Dewberry

August 5, 2013 - 5:38pm

Presentation May 8, 2013

This presentation by Russ Faux (Watershed Sciences, Inc.) shared the results of airborne topo-bathymetric LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data for the Sandy River, Oregon using a new small-footprint, green-wavelength airborne LiDAR systems. In this project Watershed Sciences, Inc. (WSI) and Dewberry, Inc., in cooperation with Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) collected data to map channel and floodplain morphology and to evaluate the effectiveness of new topo-bathymetric LiDAR technology in a Pacific Northwest riverine environment.

You may download the presentation here:

Do you have suggestions for our next Remote Sensing Forum?

May 31, 2013 - 10:59am

We are looking for suggestions for our next Remote Sensing Forum to be scheduled in early fall. Some ideas we have recently heard include:

-stream temperature topics: a variety of suggestions have been shared, including modeling (distribution, predicting habitat changes over time), climate change relationships, and the new NorWest temperature network
-use of unmanned aircraft (drones)
-tools for groundwater and hyporrheic conditions
-data sharing (standards, agreements)
-data discovery and inventory
-watershed modeling topics & validation techniques

Please let us know if you have suggestions for topics or would like to present by emailing
For more information about the Forum webinar series, please contact:
Jim McKean:, 208.373.4383
Sheri Schneider,, 503-310-1531
Jen Bayer,, 503-201-4179

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