Browsing "Ecological forecasting"

Kansas Aquatic Resource Planner

December 15, 2011 in Ecological forecasting, Rivers, Wildlife

The Kansas Aquatic Resource Planner was designed to depict aquatic resources and is intended to provide general information and guidance regarding the location, condition, and value of those resources. The data here is an accumulation of data acquired from different organizations across the state as well as custom data layers and is presented here as an organized, assessable, and unbiased resource for people.

View the Kansas Aquatic Resource Planner here.

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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KARS Researchers Present Posters at Statewide EPSCoR Conference

October 30, 2009 in Climate change, Ecological forecasting, Land cover, Presentations, Research, Satellite imagery

A number of KARS and KBS researchers made presentations at the 2009 Kansas Statewide EPSCoR Conference in Manhattan, KS, in October. The purpose of the conference was to provide information about recent EPSCoR research and its importance to Kansans as well as to provide opportunities for research collaboration.

KARS/KBS presenters included:
Josh Campbell--"Building a first-generation cyberinfrastructure to support ecological forecasting." Download pdf
Brian O'Neill--"Ecological responses to hydrogeomorphic fluctuations in a sand bed prairie river: river complexity, habitat availability, and benthic invertebrates." Download pdf
Dana Peterson--"Mapping land use/land cover in the Kansas River Watershed." Download pdf

Image taken from the land cover map of the Kansas River Watershed created for the Ecological Forecasting project. Dataset is displayed in Google Earth, see the project page for more details.

KU Works for Kansas: Protecting the Prairie

October 28, 2009 in Climate change, Ecological forecasting, Prairie, Research

Collaborative research by teams from KU and K-State was featured in the 2009 issue of KU Works for Kansas, a publication of the KU Office of University Relations. The article describes the purpose of a three-year, statewide, ecological-forecasting study. To read the article in its entirety, visit KU Works for Kansas.

Image from the 2005 Kansas Land Cover Patterns map taken showing Douglas County in NE Kansas. The 2005 KLCP dataset is available statewide and for the Kansas River watershed.

New Kansas Land Cover Map

September 15, 2009 in Crop yield, Ecological forecasting, Land cover, Research, Satellite imagery

For the past 20 years, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) program of the Kansas Biological Survey has been providing land cover and land use information derived from the digital classification of satellite imagery to the Kansas Water Office and a variety of state agencies involved in water and natural resource planning. Recently, KARS completed the latest and most detailed map of land cover and land use for the State. This map provides important information to inform the governor and Legislature on water and other natural resource issues as they consider them for policy enactment. It is also valuable to ...