We have utilized KAP for preliminary environmental investigations at two sites: 1) forest cover at Ft. Leavenworth military reservation in northeastern Kansas, and 2) stream erosion at Ninnescah Natural History area in south-central Kansas. At Ft. Leavenworth, oblique KAP views revealed the irregular structure and marked shadow effects within the canopy of upland deciduous forest. This information proved useful for interpreting satellite imagery in connection with a climate-forest study. At the Ninnescah study site, vertical KAP was the basis for accurate mapping of intricate, small, meandering stream channels and the locations of potholes within the drainage system. In both cases, KAP provided an intermediate level of observation between ground studies and conventional topographic maps, airphotos, or satellite images. Financial support provided by the Kansas NASA EPSCoR program.
Abstract for oral presentation at Kansas Academy of Science, annual meeting, 1998.
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Posted on 2 June 1998.