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Soy next to forest in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Mato Grosso Land Cover

June 14, 2017 in Agriculture, Amazon, Cerrado, Cotton, Deforestation, Intensification, Land Cover Mapping, Land Use Change, Mato Grosso, MODIS, NDVI, Remote sensing, Soybeans, Sugarcane

Mato Grosso is a frontier in the sense that natural vegetation, both rainforest and savanna, known as cerrado, are being replaced with crop production and other agricultural uses. Mechanized agriculture moved rapidly into the area in the 1990s, with soybeans the dominant crop. Since then, crop production increases have come about through both cropland expansion (horizontal intensification) and a transition from predominantly single-cropping to mostly double-cropping (vertical intensification). In July 2006, the Soy Moratorium was implemented with the purpose of reducing Amazon deforestation for the purpose of soy production.

Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data from the Moderate ...
Western Governors' Association Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, 2013

KU and KBS are key partners in creation of new West-wide Crucial Habitat service

December 12, 2013 in Agriculture, Aquatic habitat, Corridors, Crucial Habitat, Energy resources, Fish and Game, Grasslands, Habitat, Impact, Land cover, Land use, Oil and Gas, Prairie, Protected areas, Remote sensing, Reservoir, Rivers, Sensitive species, Terrestrial habitat, Transmission Lines, Vertical Structures, Watersheds, Wetland and riparian, WGA, WGA CHAT, Wildlife, Wind Turbines

For the last three years, the Western Governors Association (WGA) has been working with state wildlife agencies to create a standardized map of Crucial Habitat across the western United States to inform energy, transportation, and land use planning decisions at a regional scale. A collaborative effort of this scope between state wildlife agencies has not been accomplished before, and this effort represents a huge step forward in identifying landscapes that provide important resources to wildlife.

Two units of the Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas worked closely with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) ...

KARS Attends MAGIC 2012 Symposium

April 11, 2012 in Remote sensing

Presentations will be given at the upcoming MAGIC 2012 Symposium by KARS researchers: Stephen Egbert, Jude Kastens, Kevin Dobbs, and Chris Bishop.

1.Current Research Initiatives at the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program by Stephen Egbert

2.Comparison of Mapping Approaches for Irrigated Crop Types in Kansas by Jude Kastens

3.New Developments in River Valley Floodplain Mapping: A Survey of FLPDLN Model Applications by Jude Kastens

4.Integrating GEOBIA and GIS for Automated Georeferencing of 1850s General Land Office Survey Maps by Kevin Dobbs

5. Project Showcase on GIS Database Development for Modeling Farmer's Land Use Decisions by Chris Bishop

MAGIC 2012 ...