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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 ...

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

Crop monitoring and the GreenReport featured in KU Works for Kansas 2009

KU Works for Kansas: The View from There

October 28, 2009 in Agriculture, Crop yield, GreenReport, Land cover, Research, Satellite imagery

Researchers in the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program, a unit of the Kansas Biological Survey, were featured in the 2009 edition of KU Works for Kansas, a publication of the KU Office of University Relations. The article provides information on the GreenReport, a map series that uses satellite imagery to predict crop conditions. 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 ...

Image taken from the Green Report dataset of vegetation condition. The Green Report is available for the continental United States on a weekly basis. More information available from the KARS website.

Satellites Are Watching Your Corn...

June 9, 2009 in Crop yield, GreenReport, Satellite imagery

Article on crop yield forecasting entitled 'Satellites are watching your corn'