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Hydropower: Low Head/Low Power Assesment 

An analytical assessment of the hydropower potential of the United States was performed using state-of-the-art digital elevation models and geographic information system tools. The principle focus of the study was the amount of low head (less than 30ft)/low power (less than 1 MW) potential in the United States and the fraction of this potential that corresponds to the operating envelopes of three classes of hydropower technologies: conventional turbines, unconventional systems, and microhydro (less than 100 kW) technologies. For more information on this project visit the INL Hydropower Program web site.

Spatially Distributed Predictive Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) Phenology Model to Optimize High Resolultion Imagery Acquisition 

Predictive models are being developed to discriminate when the phenological stages of cheat grass, such as budburst or senescence, will occur. These models will help to determine optimal time frames in which to collect high spatial and/or spectral resolution data for refined detection and mapping of the invasive species. This model is being developed using Imagery collected by NASA's high temporal resolution Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS).

This project is being accomplished through the Pacific Northwest Regional Collaboratory (PNWRC) which is a multiple institution partnership that develops and executes geospatial regional projects on topics of major regional importance.

Stream Flow Forecasting in Snow-Dominated Basins 

A water resource management tool set has been developed to analyze and integrate remotely sensed imagery and environmental management information to predict stream flow in snow-dominated basins. Research focused on how to overcome optical remote sensing limitations such as cloud and forest canopy cover obscuring snow-cover.

This project is being accomplished through the Pacific Northwest Regional Collaboratory (PNWRC) which is a multiple institution partnership that develops and executes geospatial regional projects on topics of major regional importance.

Mapping Microbial Biodiversity 

An Internet-accessible database and GIS mapping application has been developed including the Yellowstone Microbial Database and Map Server. This application provides scientists and researcher the ability to query hot spring features an locate physical characteristics and associated microogranisms of interest.

Other GeoSE Map Servers

Here is a list of other GeoSE developed Map Servers.

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