November 20, 2018 in Animation, Carbon dioxide, China, CO2, NDVI, Remote sensing, United States
The annual seasonal cycle in atmospheric CO2 concentrations is well known, largely attributable to the preponderance of mid-latitude, terrestrial vegetation in the northern hemisphere compared to the southern hemisphere. When northern hemisphere vegetation is photosynthetically active, which roughly corresponds with emergence through reproduction and primarily occurs during May-September, atmospheric CO2 is consumed and its concentration declines. Conversely, when northern hemisphere vegetation is senescing or dormant, atmospheric CO2 levels increase. By analogy with organismic respiration, this oscillatory behavior is sometimes described as the Earth “breathing.”
June 14, 2018 in Ecosystems, EPSCoR, GIS, Kansas, NSF
The five day workshop was held at the KU Field Station. KU researchers provided University research information, activities and resources to help teachers develop curriculum that links current research to NGSS standards about Kansas Aquatic and Terrestrial ecosystems and Geographic Information Systems. Ten high school science teachers from across Kansas participated in the workshop. The workshop is part of the outreach program for the Kansas NSF EPSCoR project, Microbiomes of Aquatic habitats, Plants, and Soils (MAPS) led by Jim Bever and a team of interdisciplinary researchers from KBS and KU. EPSCoR Outreach Project
The GIS participants learned ...
June 6, 2018 in Agriculture, Corn, Crop yield, Drought, Greenness, GreenReport, Growing Season, NDVI, Research, Satellite imagery, Soybeans, Weather, Wheat
June 6, 2018 – In collaboration with commercial partners TerraMetrics Agriculture, Inc. (TMAI) of Lawrence and Planalytics of Berwyn, PA, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program (KARS) is keeping the industry apprised of the 2018 growing season through its GreenReport® and Crop Yield Forecast products. The GreenReport® was launched on March 14, and crop yield forecasting began March 21 with winter wheat. Corn and soybean yield forecasting started on May 30.
The 2018 growing season marks our 17th year of satellite-based, real time crop yield forecasting for the nation.
Following a prolonged winter that caused growth delays for ...
March 14, 2018 in Elevation, Kansas, LiDAR, Remote sensing, Shaded Relief
In 2005-2006, the state of Kansas began development of its LiDAR bare-earth elevation dataset with a 2-m resolution coverage along the Kansas River corridor and several adjacent counties. Over the course of the next decade, piece-by-piece, statewide coverage was eventually achieved. Data specifications improved along the way, so that most of the bare-earth raster data (referred to as digital terrain models, or DTMs) are available at 1-m resolution and have been subjected to hydro-flattening, whereby the water surfaces of many waterbodies and large streams have been given a smooth representation to facilitate hydrologic and hydraulic processing. New collections are underway ...
June 14, 2017 in Agriculture, Amazon, Cerrado, Cotton, Deforestation, Intensification, Land Cover Mapping, Land Use Change, Mato Grosso, MODIS, NDVI, Remote sensing, Soybeans, Sugarcane
Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data from the Moderate ...
June 8, 2017 in kansas playas, LIDAR, Playa, PLJV probable playa, Potential playa area, PPA, Topographic Wetland Identification Process, TWIP, Wetlands
September 29, 2014 in Chemistry, Kansas, kansas lakes, Lakes, Repository, Reservoir, Water
The Kansas Biological Survey and the Kansas Water Office have combined efforts to make available online the Kansas Lakes and Reservoirs Data Repository Portal, which can be found here.
The mission of the Kansas Lakes and Reservoirs Data Repository Portal is to serve as central point for users to obtain current and historical data about Kansas lakes and reservoirs. Rather than serving as a data repository, the portal is a dynamic connection to directly access datasets housed and maintained by various agencies and groups. The portal brings these datasets into a mapping application for direct viewing and data ...
December 12, 2013 in Agriculture, Aquatic habitat, Corridors, Crucial Habitat, Energy resources, Fish and Game, Grasslands, Habitat, Impact, Land cover, Land use, Oil and Gas, Prairie, Protected areas, Remote sensing, Reservoir, Rivers, Sensitive species, Terrestrial habitat, Transmission Lines, Vertical Structures, Watersheds, Wetland and riparian, WGA, WGA CHAT, Wildlife, Wind Turbines
For the last three years, the Western Governors Association (WGA) has been working with state wildlife agencies to create a standardized map of Crucial Habitat across the western United States to inform energy, transportation, and land use planning decisions at a regional scale. A collaborative effort of this scope between state wildlife agencies has not been accomplished before, and this effort represents a huge step forward in identifying landscapes that provide important resources to wildlife.
Two units of the Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas worked closely with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) ...
December 11, 2013 in Agriculture, Aquatic habitat, Conservation, Corridors, Crucial Habitat, Energy resources, Fish and Game, Grasslands, Habitat, Impact, Kansas, Land cover, Land use, Lepc, Lesser prairie-chicken, Native plants, Oil and Gas, Prairie, Protected areas, Reservoir, Rivers, Sensitive species, Terrestrial habitat, Transmission Lines, Vertical Structures, Watersheds, Wetland and riparian, WGA CHAT, Wildlife, Wind Turbines
December 9, 2013 in Agriculture, Bioassessment, Colorado, Conservation, Crucial Habitat, Grasslands, Great Plains, Habitat, Impact, Kansas, Land cover, Land use, Lepc, Lesser prairie-chicken, New Mexico, Oil and Gas, Oklahoma, Prairie, SGP CHAT, Texas, Transmission Lines, Vertical Structures, WGA, Wildlife, Wind Turbines
The KARS Program and the Kansas Biological Survey have added new online geo-processing tools to help energy developers estimate potential new landscape impact associated with oil/gas, wind, and electric transmission lines. The tools are part of the Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT) and are in support of the Lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) Range-Wide Conservation Plan that aims to conserve the species and preclude its listing as a Threatened species. In accordance with the Range Wide Plan, enrolled participants who, through the creation of new oil/gas wells, wind turbines, transmission lines…, negatively impact LPC habitat are assessed a ...