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Remote sensing, terrain analysis, and military operations

Jack N. Rinker
Remote sensing, terrain analysis, and military operations (in Military geology in war and peace, James R. Underwood (editor) and Peter L. Guth (editor))
Reviews in Engineering Geology (1998) 13: 145-150


The army moves over, digs in, hides in, and builds on the land. Success in these endeavors relies on information about landform, structure, composition (rock and soil types), nature of the surface (sticky, dusty, hard, soft, etc.), and an evaluation of obstacles, engineering materials, water sources, and potential sites for ambush, defilade, and cover and concealment. Geology looms large. For many world areas, such information is not in the databases nor on maps; yet it is sometimes needed on short notice. The information can be derived from image analysis, and available imagery covers most of the world. Examples of such applications include Thule Air Base, Icecap access routes, Project Sanguine, Southeast Asia trafficability studies, and Operations Desert Shield/Storm. The Remote Sensing Field Guide--Desert, developed by a joint effort between the U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) and the U.S. Geological Survey, was used extensively in Operations Desert Shield/Storm in support of military operations. These materials plus spectral reflectance data are being blended into a hypermedia terrain database to support interactive image analysis between army elements.

ISSN: 0080-2018
EISSN: 2169-799X
Coden: GAEGA4
Serial Title: Reviews in Engineering Geology
Serial Volume: 13
Title: Remote sensing, terrain analysis, and military operations
Title: Military geology in war and peace
Author(s): Rinker, Jack N.
Author(s): Underwood, James R., Jr.editor
Author(s): Guth, Peter L.editor
Affiliation: U. S. Army Topographic Engineering Center, Alexandria, VA, United States
Affiliation: Kansas State University, Department of Geology, Manhattan, KS, United States
Pages: 145-150
Published: 1998
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 0-8137-4113-0
References: 7
Accession Number: 1999-066810
Categories: Engineering geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
N60°00'00" - N84°00'00", W70°00'00" - W20°00'00"
N28°30'00" - N30°15'00", E46°30'00" - E48°45'00"
N24°00'00" - N31°00'00", E48°00'00" - E57°00'00"
N17°00'00" - N32°30'00", E34°45'00" - E57°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: U. S. Naval Academy, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 199923
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