Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 39-12. Identify Promising Technologies for Biological Surveys

Many transportation projects require collection of biological resources data to prepare environmental documents, design improvements, obtain permits, mitigate development impacts, and monitor mitigation. The goal of this synthesis is to review existing biological survey needs and identify technologies and techniques to fulfill those needs, including data collection, data analysis and information delivery. These technologies may be currently used or under exploration to collect survey data or provide information faster, more cost effectively, and with greater accuracy.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The audience for this synthesis of information includes transportation officials responsible for planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining projects in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner. The synthesis should provide a road map for identifying and investing in promising technologies for broader application within the transportation and natural resource communities. Surveys are often conducted in order to determine the presence, abundance and quality of biological resources. These resources may include fish, wildlife and plants,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>including threatened, endangered and special status species, and wetlands and other sensitive habitats. There is a need for accurate biological information that can be gathered effectively and efficiently to support transportation decisions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Appropriate survey design must balance biological considerations (e.g., seasonality, detectability, migratory movements, life history) with operational considerations (e.g., cost, project schedule, and regulatory requirements). <span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Recent advances in technologies for biological survey data collection (e.g., genetics, infrared and night vision technology), analysis and information delivery, (e.g., distributional modeling), might be able to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of biological surveying. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>The costs of some procedures and equipment have dramatically dropped in recent years.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Utah State University Transportation Center

    4110 Old Main Hill
    Logan, UT  USA  84322-4110
  • Principal Investigators:

    Cramer, Patricia

  • Start Date: 20071101
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090601
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16913

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464568
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:45PM