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GIS Data Layers

COCOM and Joint Force decision makers need a constantly updated database of the terrain, assets, opportunities and risks within their area of responsibility — including all relevant environmental and historical/cultural resource data, with site names and coordinates that have been validated and are compliant with Expeditionary and Strategic Geobase programs.

CCHAG’s skilled practitioners and subject matter experts provide the expertise and technology that COCOM and JF decision makers require to quality a more detailed and nuanced understanding of the mission landscape.

In 2011, CCHAG co-founder James A. Zeidler (Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist, CEMML, Colorado State Univ.) and Stephen A. Sherman (staff archaeologist and Research Associate IV, CEMML) co-authored the manual “Quality Assurance / Quality Control of Archaeological Site Location Data in Afghanistan” for the U.S. Air Force HQ Air Combat Command and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The manual provides quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) review of locational point data for known archaeological sites in Afghanistan for use by DOD personnel in avoiding or reducing impacts to cultural properties from military activities.

Using the DOD’s high-resolution BUCKEYE imagery, existing archaeological site data sets from several sources were critically reviewed for geospatial accuracy and suitability for military planning and operations in order to minimize effects to host country heritage. Results indicate the promise of combining tools of varying resolution and scope in a staged procedure, while highlighting the need for ground-truthing and determining an acceptable measure of accuracy.

With properly validated GIS data, war planner gain a deeper understanding of the problems that can be triggered in regions with ancient sites and monuments that are protected under international law and/or the laws of the host country.

CCHAG GIS specialists deliver the right data to the right people at the right time, before, during and after combat situations — to support the mission. And decision makers at all levels, from war planners and battlefield commanders to post-conflict engineering teams, rely upon CCHAG deliverables to make effective, timely and well-informed judgments.

In 2011, CCHAG co-founder James A. Zeidler (Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist, CEMML, Colorado State University) and Stephen A. Sherman (staff archaeologist and Research Associate IV, CEMML) co-authored the manual “Quality Assurance / Quality Control of Archaeological Site Location Data in Afghanistan” for the U.S. Air Force HQ Air Combat Command and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The manual, for official use only, employs DoD high-resolution BUCKEYE imagery to verify existing archaeological site data sets for geospatial accuracy and suitability for use in military planning and operations to minimize effects to host country heritage during Operating Enduring Freedom. This work is FOUO, not available to the public.