Dana Peterson

PhD Candidate
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Advisor:  Dr. Stephen Egbert
 
Educational Background: 
1996 BGS Environmental Studies, minor in geography
1999 MA Geography
 
Research Interests:  My research interests primarily focus on using remotely sensed data (MODIS NDVI, Landsat, Aerial Imagery, LiDAR) and geographic information systems for land cover mapping.  I have more than fifteen years of experience using geospatial technologies to map and model landscapes in Kansas and elsewhere. 
 
My current research includes:
·         --mapping potential wetlands in Kansas using a topographic approach,
·         --mapping woody encroachment using data fusion (NAIP and LiDAR) and object-based image analysis (OBIA),
·         --mapping grassland and crop types in Kansas using Landsat and MODIS NDVI in a hierarchical mapping approach using a decision tree classifier and
·        -- creating and maintaining an enterprise GIS for a multidisciplinary research team to understand farmers’ land use decisions in Kansas and how those decisions impact water quality and water quantity.

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