Discussion

Wetlands in the central and western portions of Kansas clearly are subject to large seasonal and interannual changes in their characteristics owing to climatic variations. According to the Nature Conservancy land steward, SFAP is the most effective type of remote sensing for management applications at Cheyenne Bottoms, superior to conventional aerial photography or satellite imagery. This assessment is

FIGURE 14-26 Dry Lake looking toward the northeast from slightly different vantage points. (A) Exceptionally wet year, May 2007. Lake full of muddy water. (B) Dry year, May 2008. A broad salt crust surrounds a wet mudflat in the center of basin. (C) Wet year, May 2009. Lake with water and a narrow mud/salt flat around the edge. Kite aerial photos by JSA and SWA.

based on high spatial resolution and frequent temporal coverage that depict details of land management activities and their consequences for habitat conditions. Rapid response, relative ease of use, and low cost make SFAP an attractive tool for monitoring dynamic environments at Cheyenne Bottoms, Dry Lake, and other wetland sites in the Great Plains region.

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