Since 1973, the Indiana State Legislature has debated proposals to reclaim coal refuse sites and to find the costs required for their reclamation. Information concerning the number, size, location and environmental effects of refuse sites was developed in a timely manner by using aerial color-infrared photographs at 1:120,000 scale. Over 200 coal refuse sites were located and environmentally assessed. Remotely derived physical and environmental data combined with industrial and state statistics were used to compute the cost of reclamation for each site. Tabulations of site acreage, capsulated descriptions of site conditions, and cost of reclamation are summarized on two 1:250,000-scale revealed that a high degree of accuracy had been achieved by using small scale imagery. The survey was completed in 90 days and served as a practical demonstration of the cost effectiveness and efficiency of remote sensing. The techniques can be used to support the legislative decision-making process in other coal producing regions. Program data are now being used by the Board of Directors, Indiana Coal Association, various State and Federal Agencies, and the Indiana State Legislature. /Author/

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    American Society of Photogrammetry

    105 North Virginia Avenue
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22046
  • Authors:
    • Wobber, F J
    • Wier, C E
    • Leshendok, T
    • Beeman, W
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

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  • Accession Number: 00127229
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM