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Army Taps GIS Technology for Green Energy Program

green earthThe U.S. Army Environmental Command has developed a “clear parcels” analytics tool to help the Energy Initiatives Task Force identify areas within military bases the command believes could be suitable for renewable energy initiatives.

The agency created the methodology using geospatial data from the Army Mapper database, georeferenced information from the Sustainable Range Program, U.S. Geological Survey digital elevation models and other maps, USAEC geographer James Russ and environmental protection specialist Nicole Sikula said April 8.

The first stage mapped excluded zones such as training grounds and protected regions and the second stage looked at land elevations to identify areas with suitable topography.

Output from the geospatial analysis provided EITF with general planning guidelines as it considered sites for the installation project, Russ and Sikula said.

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