Lesser prairie-chicken picture ©2010 Nicholas Richter. Used with permission. [source]

KARS Launches Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool

October 27, 2011 in Wildlife

In coordination with wildlife agencies in five states, the KARS program launched the Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT) September 1 as part of a multi-year effort to develop a habitat assessment tool for wind and natural gas energy developers. The project, initiated by the Western Governors Wildlife Council, aims to conserve lesser prairie-chicken habitat in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Additional species and functionality will be added in future phases of the project.

View the Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool here.

KARS Recreates a Texas Flood

November 9, 2010 in Flooding

UPDATED 10 Nov 2010 -- KARS researchers Kevin Dobbs & Jude Kastens went on a road trip to Austin, Texas, during the last week of October 2010. Their mission was to attend the 2010 Texas GIS Forum organized by the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS), which took place at the U. of Texas campus on October 27-28. On October 28, Dr. Kastens delivered a presentation entitled “Reconstructing the Texas Flood of 1938.” Co-presenters were Kevin Dobbs and Melinda Luna (of TNRIS).

During July 1938, intense rainfall across several counties in central Texas produced record flooding along ...

KBS Researchers Attend MAGIC Conference

April 14, 2010 in Flooding, Land cover, Presentations, Research, Rivers, Satellite imagery, Watersheds

Four KBS researchers made presentations at the MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC) Symposium April 18-22 in Kansas City. Presentations were as follows:

Kevin Dobbs--Evaluation of NED Elevation Data and the FLDPLN Model for Inundation Extent
Jude Kastens--Mapping Potential Flood Extents in Eastern Kansas
Dana Peterson--The Kansas Land Use/Land Cover Mapping Initiative
Brad Williams--Assessing Ecological Differences among Hydrogeomorphically Distinct Patches within the Kansas River Watershed

The MidAmerica GIS Consortium is a non-profit education organization established to foster the applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and related spatial technologies in the mid-continent region. The Consortium sponsors not only the MAGIC Symposium but ...

Combine harvesting winter wheat in northwest Kansas

KARS Forecasts 2010 Crop Yields

March 5, 2010 in Crop yield, GreenReport, Research, Satellite imagery

UPDATED 5 Mar 2010 -- Planalytics of Berwyn, PA, recently released their crop yield forecast schedule for 2010, beginning with winter wheat on March 26. These forecasts, which are based on the same satellite imagery used in The GreenReport, are regularly updated throughout the growing season and cover the conterminous U.S. at agricultural district (ASD), state, and national scales. Forecasting for seven additional crops (including corn and soybeans) will begin on June 4.

Planalytics crop yield forecasts are produced using models developed at KARS and are provided to Planalytics through commercial partner TerraMetrics Agriculture, Inc. (TMAI) of ...

Graphic from an HIU analysis of population movement out of Port-au-Prince

Haiti Earthquake Disaster Portal

January 14, 2010 in Haiti, Humanitarian

UPDATED 29 Jan 2010 -- The KARS program has been working to develop the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Portal, a website designed to help share geographic data with humanitarian organizations and the public.

Kansas Land Cover Patterns 2005 data released

November 12, 2009 in Ecological forecasting, Land cover

KARS is pleased to announce the release of the Level IV classification of the Kansas Land Cover Patterns 2005 (KLCP2005) map. This second phase of KLCP2005 contains a significantly more detailed analysis of the Kansas landscape. Utilizing 23 composite MODIS satellite scenes from 2005, this dataset displays the distribution of several agricultural crops, irrigation status, and grassland types. This dataset is an important resource for many scientific researchers, including those focused on ecology, agronomy, economics, and water resources.

Additional information about the project can be found on the KLCP2005 Level IV research page.

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Kansas Flood Depth Mapping

November 6, 2009 in Flooding, Land cover, Satellite imagery

Severe, widespread flooding in southeast Kansas in 2007 resulted in a Federal Disaster Declaration in 20 counties. Researchers at the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program (KARS), a research unit of the Kansas Biological Survey, helped gather and interpret satellite and airborne imagery for this event, with the objective of identifying areas impacted by floodwater.

KARS scientists were able to provide valuable, post-event information to communities and state agencies, but limitations of imaging systems (such as cloud obstruction and delayed timings of overflights) exposed a critical information gap--the State had no capability for real-time estimation of floodwater extent. This information is ...

Image taken from the Green Report dataset of vegetation condition. The Green Report is available for the continental United States on a weekly basis. More information available from the KARS website.

Satellites Are Watching Your Corn...

June 9, 2009 in Crop yield, GreenReport, Satellite imagery

Article on crop yield forecasting entitled 'Satellites are watching your corn'