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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 ...

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 ...