Kyle Hartfield
Senior Research Specialist, Arizona Remote Sensing Center
(520) 621-3694
M.A. Geography, University of Arizona, 2010

I specialize in the integration of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System techniques for multi-disciplinary research. 

My current work includes the mapping of woody plant cover in the central United States over three decades. The encroachment of woody plants in the region has societal and environmental impacts. By combining high resolution image data with the multi-spectral capabilities of Landsat we are attempting to measure the percentage of woody cover within the study area. This information will be used to examine the impact of woody plant encroachment on water resources in the region.

I am also helping to map the extent of gold mining within a region of Ghana. I have digitized the boundary of the mines in 2008 and again in 2013. The growth is astounding and certainly has vast negative impacts on the region.

My past research projects include:

-The fusion of LiDAR data with high spatial resolution data to map mosquito habitat.
-The examination of multiple classification techniques to discern different types of crops. 
-Examination of trends in phenology throughout South America.
-The impact urban development has on owl nesting patterns.

Selected Citations: 

Hartfield, Kyle A., Katheryn I. Landau, and Willem J.D. van Leeuwen. 2011. Fusion of High Resolution Aerial Multispectral and LiDAR Data: Land Cover in the Context of Urban Mosquito Habitat, Remote Sensing, 3, 2364-2383.

Willem J.D. van Leeuwen, Kyle Hartfield, Marcelo Miranda, and Francisco J. Meza. 2013. “Trends and ENSO/AAO Driven Variability in NDVI Derived Productivity and Phenology alongside the Andes Mountains.” Remote Sensing. 5, 1177-1203.

Kyle A. Hartfield, Stuart E. Marsh, Christa D. Kirk, and Yves Carrière. 2013. “Contemporary and historical classification of crop types in Arizona.” International Journal of Remote Sensing.

Aaron D. Flesch, Richard L. Hutto, Willem J.D. van Leeuwen, Kyle Hartfield, and Sky Jacobs “Spatial, temporal, and density-dependent components of habitat quality for a desert owl” PLOS One 2014.

Z.M. Sanchez-Mejia, S.A. Papuga, J.B. Swetish, W. van Leeuwen, D. Szutu, and K. Hartfield. “Quantifying the influence of deep soil moisture on ecosystem albedo: The role of vegetation.” Water Resources Research 2014.

Y. Carrière, B. Degain, K. A. Hartfield, K. D. Nolte, S. E. Marsh, C. Ellers-Kirk, W.J.D. van Leeuwen, L. Liesner, P. Dutilleul, and J. C. Palumbo. “Assessing Transmission of Crop Diseases by Insect Vectors in a Landscape Context.” Journal of Economic Entomology 2014 107 (1), 1-10.

Kyle Hartfield, Stuart Marsh,Graciela Schneier-Madanes and Ed Curley "Remote sensing of urban change : water in the Tucson basin of Arizona" In WATARID 3 Usages et politiques de l'eau en zones arides et semi-arides Editors: Marie-Françoise Courel, Tiyip Tashpolat, Mahmoud Taleghani Paris, Editions Hermann, 2013 (French and English).

Research Themes: 
Land use
Remote sensing
Water resources
Data analysis
Data cleaning and information extraction
Data management
Data visualization
Data-fusion technology
Decision support
Arid lands
Fire ecology
Land use change
Remote sensing
Urban Environment
Land use change
Remote sensing
Water resource management

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