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A consortium of public, private, and non-profit remote sensing organizations.

About West Virginia VIEW

The West Virginia View consortium has the following objectives:

  • Establish the formal linking of, and cooperation between, the major remote sensing organizations in West Virginia, and promote community outreach by these organizations.
  • Share existing and purchase additional remotely sensed data (as permitted by data purchase agreements), and develop the remote sensing infrastructure through improved access to data, computer resources, and field equipment.
  • Establish a web site for promoting remote sensing activities in the state, and sharing data.
  • Host statewide remote sensing conferences, and promote awareness

USGS Landsat Data

All USGS is now FREE. Check it out at the links below.

Data Services

Landsat footprint

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LiDAR Data

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WV LiDAR Data Tool

The site archives raw lidar point cloud data in LAS format. Through an interactive map, users can identify the regions of the state where lidar data are available. By delineating a polygon on the map, users can select lidar point cloud tiles, and download them in a single group.


Last updated 10/2017

Jefferson County

The data were originally acquired for the NRCS. The nominal posting interval is 1.5 m. Only first and last returns are available. County-wide lidar data were collected between April 11 2005 and April 18 2005.


Shenandoah Valley, Berkeley County

Shenendoah Valley lidar data were collected between March 1 and March 9 2011. The data were originally acquired for the USGS. The nominal posting interval is 1.0 m.


Webster Count

The data were acquired by WVU NRAC between November 2010 and January 2011. The data are available as las format files: (1) bare earth and (2) all points.


Abrams Creek, Mineral County

Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) captured LiDAR elevation data for the Abram's Creek watershed in Mineral County, West Virginia in approximately 2007. The watershed is approximately 30,250 acres.


Gilmer County

County-wide lidar data collected between March 25 and April 7, 2004. The data were acquired by Airborne 1, on behalf of the Canaan Valley Institute. The nominal posting interval is 1.4 m.


Southern Coal Fields

The data were originally acquired for the WV DEP by WVU NRAC in the late fall of 2009 (after leaf off) and spring 2010 (before leaf-out). The data are available only as las format files: (1) bare earth and (2) "comprensive" (i.e. all returns).



The WV DEP (TAGIS) LiDAR Geospatial Application alternative, and more rapid method is to use the WV DEP (TAGIS) geospatial application, which shows lidar holdings across the state of West Virginia, and allows a map-based selection and downloading of individual tiles (once you have zoomed in sufficiently far on the map).





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West Virginia Complete Data List

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Other Data Links

Free data and data for purchase resources


WV Watershed Dynamics

Training WV Teachers in Geospatial Technology An NSF-sponsored project

Project Website

West Virginia VIEW Consortium Partners

Satellite Imagery for the Classroom

West Virginia Science Teachers - would you like a satellite poster of the state for your classroom?


West Virginia VIEW is involved in K-12, undergraduate, and graduate geospatial science education. The links below will take you outside the WVView web site.

Remote Sensing Tutorials

  • NASA Tutorial (middle and high school, undergraduate)
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  • Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing Tutorial (high school, undergraduate
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  • NCGIA Core Curriculum (GIS emphasis, high school, undergraduate
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  • University of Arizona Remote Sensing Tutorials (undergraduate)
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  • Earth Observation Magazine Tutorial (high school, undergraduate)
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  • West Virginia GLOBE Program Land Cover-Biology Tutorials (Data Access, ArcCatalog, ArcMap)
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On-line Remote Sensing Education Guides and Modules

Land Use Change Research

Freeware Remote Sensing and GIS Software

Misc Educational and Information Links

Past Conferences

Check our infromation from our past conferences

2003 2005


Consortium Partner Contacts

Mike Shank

Manager, Technical Applications and Geographic Information Systems Group, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV

Trevor Harris

Eberly Professor of Geography, Dept. of Geology & Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
304-293-5603 x4304

James McGraw

Eberly Professor of Biology, Dept. of Biology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
304-293-5201 x2532

Timothy Warner

Professor of Geography and Geology, Dept. of Geology & Geography, West Virginia University

John Amos

Executive Director and President, SkyTruth, Inc., PO Box 3283, Shepherdstown, WV

Kurt Donaldson

Director, West Virginia GIS Technical Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Rico Gazal

Associate Professor of Forestry, Dept. of Land Resources, Glenville State College, Glenville, WV

James Leonard

Professor, Geography Dept., Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Todd Ensign

Education and Technology Specialist, NASA IV&V Facility - Educator Resource Center, Fairmont, WV

Charlie Yuill

Associate Professor, Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

Aaron Maxwell

Assistant Professor of Environmenal Science, Alderson Broaddus College, Phillipi, WV

Russ McClain

Professor of Environmenal Science, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV

Timothy Warner

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV

Kim Bjorgo-Thorne

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Coordinator Environmental Science Program, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV

Citizen Science

Citizen science, remote sensing, and mapping quality of life: A West Virginia View citizen science initiative

The urban physical environment varies notably across space. Satellite imagery has been used effectively for mapping key components of this variation, such as surface temperature, and by inference, air temperature. However, other important aspects of the physical environment, such as local variations in particulate matter and noise, are less tractable from remote platforms. This project therefore developed the planning and infrastructure for a citizen science effort to collect the ancillary data needed to develop a comprehensive map of urban quality of life for Morgantown, WV. A quality of life map is a valuable tool for urban planning. Furthermore, incorporating citizen scientists not only provides valuable data for the study, but also educates the public regarding the unique value of imagery such as Landsat. Citizen science has become a powerful force for scientific inquiry by connecting nonscientists to the authentic process of science and at the same time potentially providing researchers with a much greater array of reference data than what could be otherwise collected.

A detailed plan for a citizen science mapping project has been developed, and the supporting material for recruiting and training citizen scientists, as well as a mechanism for participants to report their results, has been generated. The comprehensive plan and the associated documents are available to potential participants as well as the greater scientific community through the West Virginia website.

Access summary planning information

Section 1. Educational material for training citizen scientists
Section 2. Measurement protocols documentation and training material
1. Hygrometer (relative humidity)
2. Surface temperature
3. Atmospheric conditions
4. Ambient sound
5. Air quality

Direct questions regarding web site to Tim Warner