Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Flood Assessment - 2007

Image looking north with Highway 156 cutting across the lower right corner.  The areas outside the irregular circle in the middle (water holding pools) are usually dry, as are significant portions within the pools themselves in recent years.
Date June 2007 - July 2007
Categories Agriculture, Land Cover, Water Resources, Wildlife Management
Capabilities Analysis of Remote Sensing Data, Data Acquisition, Geospatial Database Development, Products and Services, Visualization
Contact Mike Houts
Funding
National Park Service
U.S. EPA Region VII R-EMAP Program
Location Barton County

Summary

At the request of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) program at the Kansas Biological Survey used its aerial imaging system to acquire imagery over the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area to document the extreme high water levels that occurred in June of 2007. The individual images (127 of them) were geo-referenced, projected, and mosaiced to create a seamless image that followed the entire perimeter of the high-water line. Only the perimeter was processed because the high water covered all the features in the interior that could be used as reference points for geo-registering and rectifying the images. The high-water line was then digitized to create a digital data layer that could be overlaid on other data sets such as land cover, property lines, or roads for further analysis.

Staff

Mike Houts

Project Leader, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program

Images

  • Image looking north with Highway 156 cutting across the lower right corner.  The areas outside the irregular circle in the middle (water holding pools) are usually dry, as are significant portions within the pools themselves in recent years.
  • A view looking south across the rest area/overlook on highway 156.  The road is about 20 feet above surrounding CBWA ground levels and water would not normally be visible anywhere in this view.
  • A picture of the main office surrounded by water and the access roads to the north, south, and west underwater.

Published Work

Houts, M. 2007. Using aerial imagery over Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area to map the extent of high water levels. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS 1-7.