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Fiscal Year 2014 Study Work Plan

Study Title: Rescue of 1928 Aerial Photography of the Southern Florida Coastline within the Greater Everglades Ecosystem
Current Study Start Date: 1 April 2014 Current Study End Date: 31 December 2014
Location (Subregions, Counties, Park, or Refuge): Coastal South Florida
Funding Source: GEPES
Funding History: new project
FY14 USGS Funding:
Principal Investigator: Ann Foster
USGS Project Officer: Ann Foster
USGS Technical Officer: Ann Foster
Supporting Organizations: USGS

Overview & Objective(s)
The greater Everglades ecosystem has been the focus of a large effort to understand and restore the ecological functions of the River of Grass. The work has been ongoing for decades with the goal of ultimately improving "society's understanding of the environment and assist in the sustainable use, protection, and restoration of the Everglades and other ecosystems within the region" (http://access.usgs.gov/about.html). Developing restoration targets for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan requires the type of spatially-explicit information about the structure of the ecosystem prior to extensive development that is represented by these photos. They represent one of the earliest records of the system prior to extensive impacts from development.

A digital archive of the last known collection of aerial photographs of the south Florida's coastline flown in the year 1928 will be compiled from photos in the possession of Dr. Hal Wanless (University of Miami) who has agreed to collaborate with the USGS on this project. These photos were flown by the U.S. Army Air Corps and compiled by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey along the coast of Florida. Only one set of these photos is known to remain.

Specific Relevance to Major Unanswered Questions and Information Needs Identified:
In the mid 1990's Dr. Hal Wanless received funds from the National Biological Survey to go to the NOAA Silver Springs office to photograph a set of 1928 aerial photography. Efforts to track down the original NOAA set have been unsuccessful. There is no catalogue record of these photos in the National Archives, and we have determined that this is the last known collection of this photography. Dr. Wanless is seeking retirement and the processing of these photos into digital images will insure they become an enduring part of the public record.

Planned Products for FY14: These images will be collected into a geodatabase, published in a USGS report, and posted on the SOFIA website (http://sofia.usgs.gov).

Work Plan

Task Leaders: Ann Foster
Phone: 352.264.3565
FAX: 352.378.4956
Task priority:
Task Personnel: Ann Foster

Task Summary and Objective(s):
Create a digital archive of 1928 photos flown by the U.S. Army Air Corps and compiled by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey along the coast of Florida.

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures:
All of the large format color transparencies will be transported to the Southeast Ecological Science Center in Gainesville, Florida to be scanned. All photos will be scanned at 800 dpi and assigned a unique identifier. Each photo will then be spatially identified with a centroid to place it spatially along the Florida coast and collected into a geodatabase. The geodatabase with FGDC compliant metadata will be published as a USGS report and posted on the SOFIA website (http://sofia.usgs.gov).

Specific Task Products: A USGS report.   Delivery Date: 31 December 2014.

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