Integration of Remote Sensing, GIS, and GPS Techniques for Monitoring Non-hazardous Oilfield Waste (NOW) Pits in Coastal Louisiana

by Jay S. Arnold, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, United States,
Qiang Tao, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, United States,
Anthony J. Lewis, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, United States,
Shile D. McCarty, Jr., Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


Non-hazardous Oilfield Waste (NOW) pits exist throughout Louisiana's coastal zone. Though labeled 'non-hazardous,' NOW pits are potentially dangerous to human and environmental interests if improperly managed. Therefore, there is a necessity to develop an efficient means of monitoring NOW pits, so that the risks associated with them may be reduced. This project integrates remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Global Positioning System (GPS) techniques to identify, map, and monitor NOW pits in the Louisiana coastal zone. The analytical capabilities of NOWGIS facilitate the creation of a site-prediction model that could be used to locate areas of high probability of NOW pits on aerial photography. Statistical Analysis and image classification assisted in the development of the site-prediction model. The positional accuracy of NOW pit and well head database positions are being checked with a GPS and used to update NOWGIS.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Waste management | Information systems | Global navigation satellite systems | Sensors and sensing | Systems management | Global positioning systems | Information management | Louisiana | United States

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