Guidance on Using Remote Sensing Applications for Environmental Analysis in Transportation Planning

This report is a "guidebook" on how to use remote sensing applications to support environmental assessment in transportation planning. The methods use Landsat 7 imagery and commercially available remote-sensing software to produce maps and related information suitable for a programmatic environmental impact statement. The report covers the following major topics:

  • Background on environmental analysis in transportation planning, and the value and limitations of remotely sensed data;
  • Staff, hardware, software, and data requirements;
  • Software application for land use – land cover classification;
  • Fieldwork for land use – land cover classification training and verification;
  • Use and integration of other geographic information and imagery files; and
  • Production of remote sensing – geographic information system maps and other information.

The methods are illustrated through applications to the I-405 corridor in the State of Washington.

Publication Date: 
Monday, August 30, 2004
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 593.2
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:42
Demin Xiong, Russell Lee, J. Bo Saulsbury, Elizabeth L. Lanzer, Albert Perez.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Number of Pages: 
Environmental impact analysis, Geographic information systems, Handbooks, Imagery, Land use, Landsat satellites, Maps, Remote sensing, Software, Transportation planning.