Accession Number : ADA303484

Title :   Retrieval, Display, and Analysis Support Tool for Earth Imagery.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Oct 93-30 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INST OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR

Personal Author(s) : Anderson, R. C.

PDF Url : ADA303484

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The Retrieval, Display, and Analysis Support Tool (RDAST) system is evaluated in terms of utility to the Special Operations Mission. RDAST is a combined analytical and computer based methodology for matching user needs with available earth imagery. Earth imagery from currently operational earth observation satellites has been incorporated into a geographic data base to provide the user sample imagery prior to acquisition of extensive datasets. RDAST could prove useful to Special Operations forces in a number of ways. Because imagery can be delivered over internet, in theatre covert operations could still maintain access to data. While the images available from earth observation resources such as Landsat and SPOT lack the resolution for many applications, many Special Operations tasks may be fulfilled using system of this spatial resolution. For example, bathymetric surveys of littoral regions can be conducted with these image resources. In this case, the multispectral image data from SPOT and Landsat compensate for the lower resolution. This report also identifies specific improvement to enhance RDAST's utility to the Special Operations forces.

Descriptors :   *SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITES, DATA BASES, MISSION PROFILES, OBSERVATION, RESOLUTION, BATHYMETRY, SURVEYS, IMAGES, COVERT OPERATIONS, DATA ACQUISITION, USER NEEDS, MATCHING, MULTISPECTRAL, GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS, SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES.

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE