The goal of KansasView is to provide data and information about the Kansas landscape that are derived from remote sensing and GIS technologies for education, research and local government applications. To achieve this goal, KansasView has the following objectives and tasks:

KSID currently consists of spring, summer, and fall triplicate of Landsat ETM+ and TM scenes from the 2000 and 2001 growing seasons (TM2000) and another triplicate from the 2002-2003 growing seasons (TM2002).

Enhancement of KSID will:

  • add over 115 Landsat 4 and 5 TM scenes dating from 1982 through 1998;
  • add 26 tiles of MODIS 250-meter 16-day composite (cloud-free) vegetation index data for Kansas cover a time period from November 2000 through December 2001; add additional data in this series as they become available;
  • add all currently available ASTER data (183 images) of Kansas, dating from mid-2000 to mid-2001; add additional data as they become available;
  • enhance the DASC data storage infrastructure and develop enhanced web-based data mapping, query, and download applications, and;
  • implement through KU Libraries a publicly available, coordinated point of resource discovery and access to remote sensing data resources, and place those resources in context with other available research materials.

Currently only one university, the University of Kansas, is represented in the core membership of the KansasView consortium. The Kansas Board of Regents, however, governs six state universities, and supervises and coordinates 19 community colleges, five technical colleges, six technical schools and a municipal university.

In the coming year, the KansasView consortium will work with Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University to evaluate how the archive and resources of the consortium might be used to facilitate research and education at these institutions such that they can become core members in 2005.

The following applications projects have been undertaken under the auspices of KansasView. The cooperating partner agency is indicated in italics.

  • Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Habitat - Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP)
  • Inventory of Dams - Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources (DWR)
  • Targeting EQIP Priority Areas - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

To promote the KansasView and the use of remotely sensed data across Kansas, three education components will be developed:

  • a one-day Remote Sensing Short Course
  • K-12 Science and Geography Lesson Packs
  • a KansasView Promotional CD