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Ken Driese

Remote Sensing Scientist

Ken Driese

Office: Room 330, Agriculture C
Phone: (307) 766-3975
FAX: (307) 766-2744
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  • B.A., University of Virginia, Environmental Science
  • M.S., University of Wyoming, Botany
  • PhD, University of Wyoming, Botany 

Research Interests

The application of Geographic Information Science to ecological and natural resource management issues; remote sensing as a tool for natural resource management; remote sensing research.

Recent Publications


Reiners, William A. and Kenneth L. Driese. 2004. Transport Processes in Nature. Cambridge University Press.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Sivanpillai, Ramesh and Kenneth L. Driese. 2008. WyomingView: Providing no-cost remotely sensed data for geographic education. Journal of Geography 107(4-5):154-160.

Latchininsky, Alexandre, V., Ramesh Sivanpillai, Kenneth L. Driese and Hans Wilps. 2007. Can early season Landsat images improve locust habitat monitoring in the Amudarya River Delta, Uzbekistan? Journal of Orthoptera Research 16(2):167-173.

Baldyga, T.J., S.N. Miller, K.L. Driese, and C. Maina Gichaba. 2007. Assessing land cover change in Kenya's Mau Forest region using remotely sensed data. African Journal of Ecology 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2007.00806.x.

Sivanpillai, R., Latchininsky, A.V., Driese, K.L., Kambulin, V.E., 2006. Mapping locust habitats in River Ili Delta, Kazakhstan, using LANDSAT imagery. Agricultural Ecosystems & Environment 117(2-3):128-134

Sivanpillai, Ramesh and Kenneth L. Driese. 2008. Five years of WyomingView: A review of
accomplishments and future challenges. ASPRS Annual Meeting, 2008.

Driese, Kenneth L., William A. Reiners, Gary M. Lovett and Samuel M. Simkin. 2004. A vegetation map for the Catskill Park, NY derived from multi-temporal Landsat imagery and GIS data. Northeastern Naturalist 11(4):421-442.

Reiners, William A. and Kenneth L. Driese. 2003. Transport of energy, information, and material through the biosphere. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 28:107-135.

Reiners, William A. and Kenneth L. Driese. 2001. The propagation of ecological influences through heterogeneous environmental space. Bioscience 51(11):939-950.

Driese, Kenneth L., William A. Reiners and Robert C. Thurston. 2001. Rule-based integration of GIS and remote sensing for land cover mapping in NE Costa Rica. Geocarto International 16(1):35-44.

Refereed Proceedings/Transactions

Driese, K.L., Sivanpillai, R., 2007. Promoting sustainable agricultural practices through remote sensing education and outreach. EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 88(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract B13D-1523.

Sivanpillai, R., and Driese, K.L., 2007. Remote sensing educational opportunities available through WyomingView. Proceedings of the 2007 ASPRS Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

Sivanpillai R. and K.L. Driese. 2006. Satellite data archive development and data distribution to promote research and applications in Wyoming. Proceedings of the 2006 ASPRS Annual Conference, Reno, NV.

Non-refereed Proceedings/Transactions

Wyckoff, Teal, Kenneth L. Driese and Steven D. Prager. 2007. Sagebrush community structure characterization for improved remotely sensed imagery use in the Laramie Basin, Wyoming. Proceedings, American Association of Geographers. 2007 Great Plains Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting. Colorado. 28 September 2007.

Non-refereed Reports and Articles

Rodemaker, Eli and Kenneth L. Driese. 2008. Modeling consumptive water use in the Green River Basin, Wyoming using remotely sensed data and the METRIC/SEBAL model. Final Report to the Wyoming State Engineer.

Driese, Ken. 2008. Teach English in China: Demand is high with upcoming summer Olympic games. (article and photographs). Transitions Abroad Magazine. January/February 2008.

Driese, Ken. The Silk Road. Feature article (article and photos). Casper Star Tribune, 24 June 2007.

Driese, Kenneth L. 2007. Text and photographs illustrating an article on children in China. Faces Magazine. May 2007.

Rodemaker, Eli and Kenneth L. Driese. 2007. Mapping land cover types using remote sensing, GIS and aerial photography for the SW Wyoming, Pinedale and Green River Wyoming Game and Fish Department regions. Final Report to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for RFP 0025-M. 7 May 2007.

Sivanpillai, R., and Driese, K.L., 2007. Aerial views yield producer news: Remote sensing reaps data for farmers, ranchers. Reflections 41-43, June 2007

Sivanpillai, Ramesh and Kenneth L. Driese. 2007. WyomingView Bringing remote sensing to federal agencies. Geoworld. May, 2007.

Sivanpillai, Ramesh and Kenneth L. Driese. 2007. Promoting remote sensing research and applications with no-cost satellite data.. Invited Highlight Article. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 73(3):223-227.

Driese, Kenneth L. 2006. Teaching in China. Circle Volume 55 (Sept/Oct 2006):6. (Newsletter of the 501(c)(3) Chinese Children Charities).

Sivanpillai, Ramesh and Kenneth L. Driese. 2006. Wyoming's New View of Remote Sensing. Geospatial Solutions. September 2006. Pgs. 20 25.

Other Professional Activities

  • Chair, Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA) Scholarship Committee at UW
  • Chair, UW Student Computer Fee Committee
  • Member, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 

Classes Taught

  • BOT/GEOG 4111/5111 Introduction to Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Management
  • BOT/GEOG 4211/5211 Advanced Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Management
  • BOT/GEOG 3150 A Survey of Remote Sensing Applications  

Other Interests

  • Freelance Photography
  • Rock Climbing and Mountaineering
  • International Travel

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