Spatial Data Analysis Lab

124 Davidson Hall
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

Ames, IA 50011


RESEARCH AREAS: 
Remote sensing for agriculture and hydrology

 

Investigating the use of satellite, aerial, and ground-based remotely sensed data to improve agricultural efficiency and protect natural resources.

Spatial variability of soil and hydrologic properties

 

Studying the impacts of spatial variability on our ability to measure and understand properties which impact crop development, runoff, soil erosion, and water quality.

Crop modeling

 

Using crop development models to understand the effects of spatially variable properties, and to explore linkages between agricultural production and environmental impacts.

Precision agriculture

 

Studying ways in which site-specific farming can optimize production and efficiency while minimizing negative effects on soil and water quality.

Hydrologic modeling

 

Using hydrologic models, in combination with field measurements, to understand the hydrological behavior of water management systems, and to study the influence of alternative management scenarios.


PERSONNEL: 

Dr. Amy Kaleita, Laboratory Director

Laurimar Vendruscolo, PhD Student

 

Data mining and mapping for precision conservation

Zach Van Arkel, MS Student

 

Self-organizing maps for understanding soil moisture patterns

Derek Groenendyk, MS Student

 

Assimilation of soil moisture observations into DSSAT CERES-Wheat using a Kaman filter

Giorgi Chighladze, PhD Student

 

Sensor development for networked moisture and salinity data collection


FORMER PERSONNEL: 
Jim Newman, PhD 2010.
Program Coordinator, Iowa Water Center

 

Soil erosion prediction for shaping conservation policy and practice

Candace Batts, PhD Student.

 

Assimilation of sensor network data into agricultural decision support systems

Lingyuan Yang, PhD 2010.

 

Spatio-temporal patterns of field-scale soil moisture and their implications for in situ soil moisture network design

Brian Gelder, PhD 2007.
Research Scientist, Iowa State University

 

Use of remote sensing for tillage and crop detection and integration into a land management database

Kendall DeJonge, MS 2006.
Researcher, USDA ARS

 

Viability and impact on crop yield of various irrigation schemes in a central Iowa corn field

Geetika Dilawari, MS 2006.
Research Engineer,  Oklahoma State University

 

Analysis of the influence of soil roughness and crusting on soil moisture estimation


PUBLICATIONS
 
 
Revised: 10/08/2007  

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