Dana Peterson

Assistant Research Professor
Primary office:
122 Higuchi Hall


Academic degrees
Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas, 2019
M.A., Geography, University of Kansas, 1999
B.G.S., Environmental Studies, University of Kansas, 1996

Program affiliation
Kansas Applied Remote Sensing

Areas of specialization
Land use/land cover mapping of crop types, grassland types, wetlands and woody encroachment using:

  •          object-based image analysis (OBIA);
  •          data fusion;
  •          hierarchical classifications using multi-temporal and multi-resolution data,
  •          using a variety of remotely-sensed data (MODIS NDVI time-series, Landsat, NAIP aerial imagery, LiDAR –derived products) and other geospatial datasets.

Skills include:

  •          managing large-scale (e.g. statewide) land cover mapping projects;
  •          geospatial analysis;
  •          enterprise GIS database development.

Courses taught
EVRN410/BIOL710: Geospatial Analysis, Instructor
EVRN536/736: Environmental Remote Sensing, Instructor
GEOG526: Remote Sensing of Environment, Lab Instructor
GEOG658: Object-Based Image Analysis, Instructor
GEOG658:  Introduction to Drone Mapping, Co-Instructor

Research interests
Mapping difficult-to-map landscape features using a data fusion approach (software: See5, eCognition, ERDAS Imagine, ArcGIS, ArcSDE, SQL)

Recent publications
  • Peterson, D., S. Egbert. 2010. KLCP2005 fact sheet.
  • Peterson, D., J. Whistler, S. Egbert, E. A. Martinko. 2010. 2005 Kansas Land Cover Patterns: Phase II--final report. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 167:49 pp.
  • Peterson, D.L., J.L.Whistler, S.L. Egbert, E.A. Martinko, E.A. 2010. 2005 Kansas land cover patterns: Phase II Final Report. Open-File Report 167. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS, 49 pp.
  • Peterson, D., J. Whistler, C. Bishop, S. Egbert, E. A. Martinko. 2009. The Kansas next-generation land use/land cover mapping initiative. Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 12 pp.
  • Martinko, E. A., S. Egbert, M. Jakubauskas, K. Dobbs, J. Lomas, J. Whistler, D. Peterson. 2008. 2005 Kansas Land Cover Patterns Phase I--final report. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Open-file Report No. 150.
  • Cully, J.F., K.M. McNyset, S. Egbert, D. Peterson, J.C. Kostelnick. 2007. Ecological niche modeling of black-tailed prairie dog habitats in Kansas using geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and the Genetic Algorithm for Rule-set Prediction (GARP). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 110(3/4):187-200.
  • Martinko, E. A., J. Whistler, D. Peterson, J. Kastens, R. Hagen, D. Huggins, M. Jakubauskas. 2007. A watershed classification system for tiered diagnosis of biological impairments: A scalable, Central Plains focus with national applicability: Final report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Program. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 141:153 pp.download pdf
  • Peterson, D., J. Whistler, B. Mosiman. 2004. The Kansas Satellite Image Database 2002-2003: Final Report. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 121.download pdf
  • Peterson, D., S. Egbert, K. Price, E. A. Martinko. 2004. Identifying historical and recent land-cover changes in Kansas using post-classification change detection techniques. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 107(3/4):105-118.download pdf
  • Jakubauskas, M., D. Peterson, S. Campbell, S. Campbell, D. Penny, J. deNoyelles. 2003. Remote sensing of invasive aquatic plant obstruction in navigable waterways. U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Special Programs Administration 30 pp.

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