Kansas GAP Land Cover Mapping

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Date January 2000 - December 2001
Categories Agriculture, Infrastructure Management, Land Cover, Water Resources
Capabilities Analysis of Remote Sensing Data, Data Acquisition, Geospatial Modeling, Visualization
Contact Stephen Egbert
Biological Resources Division, U.S. Department of Interior
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Kansas Water Office
National Park Service
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Location Statewide


Gap Analysis identifies gaps in the representation of biological diversity (biodiversity) in areas managed exclusively or primarily for the long term maintenance of populations of native species and natural ecosystems. Once identified, gaps are filled through new reserve acquisitions or designations, or through changes in management practices. The goal is to ensure that all ecosystems and areas rich in species diversity are represented adequately in biodiversity management areas. Gap Analysis uses vegetation types and vertebrate and butterfly species (and/or other taxa, such as vascular plants, if adequate distributional data are available) as indicators of biodiversity. Maps of existing vegetation are prepared from satellite imagery (LANDSAT) and other sources and entered into a geographic information system (GIS). The Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program at the University of Kansas is responsible for generation of the alliance level vegetation map for Kansas GAP (Gap Analysis Program). A multi-temporal approach, utilizing data from spring, summer, and fall, is being implemented. This type of vegetation classification exploits the phenological differences between alliance types through the growing season.


Edward A. Martinko

PI, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program

Kevin Price

PI, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program

Stephen Egbert

Project Coordinator, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program

Chris Lauver

PI, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program

Aimee Stewart

Project Manager, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program

Dana Peterson

Research Assistant, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program