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 ...