Title: Merging Aerial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Satellite Multispectral Data to Inventory Archaeological Sites
Principal Investigator: Douglas Comer
Organization: Catalina Island Conservancy
Abstract: This project will devise protocols for the fusion of commercially available synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data with commercially available multispectral data for the inventory of archaeological sites. This will be the means by which to conduct wide area surveys rapidly that record the locations of most of the archaeological sites in a survey area, among them the most important and well-preserved sites will be discovered. It will also map locations where all sites are most likely to be located. The methods used will be non-destructive, and will not involve collection of artifacts, providing savings over the near and long terms.