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Rangeland Analysis Platform: A Web-based Monitoring Tool for Rangelands with Nadine Bishop
October 5, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is a web-based app is a monitoring tool that provides land managers the ability to monitor rangeland cover over time. RAP generates a map and charts the trends in the per cent cover of woody species, annuals, perennial vegetation, and bare ground. The information provided by RAP can be used by land managers to evaluate the success of management strategies and track progress in meeting objectives RAP utilizes cloud computing and machine learning along with Landsat satellite imagery and vegetation measurements from more than 30,000 monitoring plots to generate a product that is a valuable tool for rangeland monitoring.
Nadine Bishop is currently the State Rangeland Management Specialist for the Nebraska National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a position which she has held for eight years. Prior to that, Bishop held a variety of positions with Nebraska NRCS including District Conservationist several SW Nebraska locations including Imperial, Hayes Center, and Trenton. She began her career with NRCS as a rangeland management specialist in McCook and Ainsworth. Bishop grew up on a small family farm in north-central Kansas and attended Fort Hays State University where she received a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences. Bishop is active in the Nebraska Section, Society for Range Management and is a technical advisor to the Nebraska Grazinglands Coalition and the Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council.