Research Program

As a university GIScience resource, GISSAL works extensively with faculty and students from a wide spectrum of disciplines, and has completed projects with several national and international partners.

Since 2000, GISSAL has collaborated with over 40 academic departments, research units, or state/federal agencies across the nation and world. Key work includes the SSURGO soils digitizing effort (USDA), Kansas GAP Project (USGS), and collaborative research with the:

A total of five major funded projects totaling nearly $2 million are currently underway in the laboratory with GISSAL research staff serving as principal or co-principal investigator.

Current Projects

Mapping and Spatial Analysis Support for USAid/Ghana METTS Program
  • Funding: $15,000 from KSU Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Duration: 2012-2013
  • Collaborators: Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Cape Coast (Ghana)
Validating the Kinematic Wave Approach for Rapid Soil Erosion Assessment and Improved BMP Site Selection to Enhance Training Land Sustainability
  • Funding: $676,431 from the DoD Environmental Science & Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)
  • Duration: 2008-2012
  • Collaborators: Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Fort Riley Range and Training Land Assessment
  • Funding: $1,200,000 from the Fort Riley Integrated Training Area Management Program and USACE CERL
  • Duration: 2005-2012
  • Collaborators: Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Applying Landscape Connectivity to Model the Spread of Plant Pathogens
  • Funding: $84,176 from USDA-APHIS-PPQ-CPHST
  • Duration: 2008-2012
  • Collaborators: USDA-APHIS-PPQ-CPHST, Department of Plant Pathology, Department of Computer Engineering
GIS and Database Technical Services
  • Funding: $67,500
  • Duration: 2011-2012
  • Collaborators: Kansas Forest Service
Mapping Grain Harvest Quality Factors in Near-Real Time
  • Funding: $15,000
  • Duration: 2010-2012
  • Collaborators: Department of Grain Science and Industry