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Participants of the Ecosystms of Kansas Summer Institute June 2018 Workshop at the Kansas University Field Station. (picture provided by Rosemary Blum)

Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute June 4 - June 2018 at the KU Field Station

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 ...

LiDAR Shaded Relief (Konza Prairie)

Kansas Statewide 2-m LiDAR

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 ...

Council Grove Reservoir, Morris County, Kansas. Picture by Scott Campbell.

KARS makes available the Kansas Lakes and Reservoirs Data Repository Portal

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 ...

Kansas Natural Resource Planner update, 2013

Kansas Natural Resource Planner (NRP) receives major update

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

The Kansas Biological Survey and Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program are pleased to announce the release of a new and updated version of the Kansas Natural Resource Planner (NRP). The online mapping application combines relevant natural resource data and infrastructure data together in an online mapping environment to help users make informed decisions. The new NRP is the result of a collaborative effort between KBS and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to provide an interactive mapping website that can be used to assist in the planning of energy and conservation projects so that Kansas can benefit from ...
Sample impact areas associated with an array of wind turbines.

KARS creates online tool for habitat impact assessments

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 ...

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

KARS Launches Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool Version 2

August 6, 2013 in Colorado, Conservation, Corridors, Grasslands, Great Plains, Habitat, Kansas, Lepc, Lesser prairie-chicken, Maximum entropy, Modeling, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Prairie, Texas, wga

In cooperation with the five state fish and wildlife agencies that fall within the range of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LEPC), and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), the KARS program has launched version 2.0 of the Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT), which can be found here. The online map viewer hosts the SGP CHAT, which is the spatial representation of the LEPC range-wide conservation plan, and a tool that prioritizes conservation actions while assisting with the siting of industry development. Through the identification of a network of core LEPC habitat areas (Focal ...