Aerial Photography over Jamestown Wildlife Area

Detailed view of newly renovated wetland pool at Jamestown Wildlife Area.
Date January 2008 - December 2008
Categories Land Cover, Water Resources, Wildlife Management
Capabilities Data Acquisition, Geospatial Database Development, Products and Services, Visualization
Contact Mike Houts
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Location Republic County


On June 12, 2008, a series of oblique aerial photos was acquired over the recently created and filled wetland pools of the Jamestown Wildlife Area along the Republic and Cloud County boundary (Figure 1). While in the area, the plane also circled over a patch of land that recently underwent some pheasant habitat restoration.

The images were acquired from approximately 5,000 feet above the ground using a Fuji Finepix digital camera. Post processing consisted of geo-registering and rectifying the images to a 2006 NAIP reference photograph. Due to the high level of overlap, every other photograph was generally processed. Images were referenced and rectified using ArcGIS software with approximately 40 GCP's per image. When rectifying the images, the images were resampled to create both a 1-meter and a 2-meter data set. Once all the images were rectified, a mosaic was created using the mosaic tool in Leica's Imagine software. In the mosaic process, the image options were set to hide seam lines and feather the edges.

Upon completion of the project, a DVD containing the raw and rectified imagery, as well as some graphics, was delivered to KDWP's Glen Elder Area office.


Mike Houts

Project leader, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program