Remote Sensing and Clandestine Tire Pile Identification

This report examines the waste tire problem along the Texas-Mexico border and explores the possibility of evaluating aerial imagery in GIS-based software in order to identify clandestine tire piles. Remote sensing technologies are promising for the continued effort to recycle discarded tires in Texas and Northern Mexico. However, the report finds that the use of remote sensing software packages to identify waste tire sites cannot yet be demonstrated to be a significant improvement over other, more conventional methods. Remote sensing is not easily adapted to daily government operations without a significant investment of time and training personnel, and remote sensing of waste tires produces a high number of false positives. This project was funded in part by the IC² Institute.