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    Historic Waste-Site Use and Geotechnical Characterization—Data Sources and Data Utility

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    Uncontrolled waste sites seldom have a record of the events that occurred prior to, during, and after disposal of waste at the site. There are sources of remote sensor data that can be interpreted to provide a temporal record of site history and geotechnical information. Evaluation of the information contained in these sources and merging of these data sets requires consideration of the capability of remote sensing methods for recording appropriate and needed information and the corresponding map and other graphical means used to present the information. Research at the University of Missouri—Rolla (UMR) has led to development of a system of historic data source identification, assessment of the usefulness of the available data, and merging of these sets of interpreted, temporal data with appropriate map bases at scales and levels of detail that meet requirements for remedial investigations and feasibility studies. Additional specific topics which the UMR system has addressed are scales, resolution, and enlargements of photos and maps. The historic site-use characterization system makes full use of available data: U.S. Geological Survey mapping photography, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service and Soil Conservation Service aerial photography, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency environmental monitoring systems data, and aerial photography from local and regional agencies and contractors.


    remote sensing, geotechnical investigation, waste management, site characterization, data sources, aerial photography-imagery

    Author Information:

    Elifrits, CD
    Associate professor and professor, University of Missouri—Rolla, Rolla, MO

    Hatheway, AW
    Associate professor and professor, University of Missouri—Rolla, Rolla, MO

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP25975S