The Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program was established in 1972 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the State of Kansas to conduct applied research on techniques that enable public agencies and private firms to better utilize data from satellite and air-borne remote sensing systems.


KARS Program offices and laboratories are located in Takeru Higuchi Hall located on West Campus. KARS' Digital Image Processing and GIS Laboratories support digital processing and classification of digital imagery, GIS modeling, geographic data base creation, cartographic production, statistical analysis, and computer graphics. These facilities provide our staff with a unique capacity for integrated natural resources analysis and modeling.

KDWPT Partnership

In 2001, a cooperative agreement between the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program at the University of Kansas was created to provide KDWPT access to the benefits of GIS technology without having to develop a computer lab and train their personnel to be both biologists and GIS specialists.