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Characterizing biological structure and ecological function of Kansas playas.

Summary

The final report and data are posted below (COVID has delayed this a bit).

We will apply information and methodologies acquired in our initial playa project to a different large playa complex located in northwestern Kansas where there are some distinct physiographic differences. Within this new study area, we will apply our developed methodologies to locate and map potential playas and their catchments using recently acquired LiDAR elevation data not available at the time of our initial study. 

Download this pdf for the final report. Baker, D.S., J.H. Kastens, C.R. Bishop, D.G. Huggins. 2021. Characterizing Biological Structure and Ecological Function of Playas and Upgrading the existing Kansas Wetland Program Plan (WPP). Kansas Biological Survey Report 204. 44 pp.

Download this .kml file and open in Google Earth to see the 30 playas and associated water chemistry data. To see the data without mapping, download this pdf.

Download this pdf to see the list of plants found at each playa. Look for the playa ID number in the Google Earth file above.

Download this pdf to see the list of macroinvertebrates at playas 780, 3411, and 3923 (the remainder were dry at time of sampling).

Kansas Water Office and Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, 2017-2020, $285,205. “Characterizing biological structure and ecological function of Kansas playas, Year 1.” PI: J. Kastens, Co-PI: D. Huggins

Images: 
Playa with water


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