Kansas Applied Remote Sensing
KARS was established in 1972 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the State of Kansas to conduct applied research on techniques that enable public agencies and private firms to better utilize data from satellite and airborne remote sensing systems. KARS undertakes projects with federal, state and local agencies, as well as private industry. These projects are designed to identify and enhance ways in which remote sensing technologies and related geographic information systems (GIS) can aid in decision-making, policy formulation and planning in a variety of applications. KARS projects have involved land use, land cover inventory, monitoring land use change, rangeland and forest land characterization, wildlife habitat evaluation, mapping of irrigated lands, surface mined lands inventory, soil conservation needs assessment, wetlands inventory and urban area analysis.
Program staff include specialists with backgrounds in geography, ecology, biology, environmental studies and natural resource management. This diversity reflects the interdisciplinary approach used to apply remote sensing and GIS technologies. The program's expertise in both landscape-level and close-range remote sensing is nationally recognized. In addition, KARS has more than 30 years of experience developing databases and natural resource models for implementation in GIS environments. KARS staff also have extensive experience in providing national and international workshops, short courses and training sessions on remote sensing and GIS technologies. Since its inception, KARS has been influential in fostering the introduction and growth of remote sensing and GIS technologies within the state and across the nation.
The program currently maintains its own website: http://kars.ku.edu/