Rick Perk

Rick Perk

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Title Remote Sensing/GIS Specialist
Address 312 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail rperk1@unl.edu

Hi, I'm Rick Perk, an assistant geoscientist with the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT) in the School of Natural Resources.

My primary assignment is coordination of all activities associated with research missions flown by CALMIT's Hyperspectral Aerial Monitoring Program (CHAMP). Currently those responsibilities are focused on projects requiring data collected with an AISA hyperspectral imager. My research interests focus on the application of hyperspectral imagery to a wide range of wetland, aquatic and terrestrial targets.

Rick Perk
Rick, assistant geoscientist, (bottom) talks to farmers at a clinic on precision (computer-related) agriculture at the Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead, NE.

In addition to the development of the CHAMP aircraft and associated instrumentation, I am closely involved in the development of our field research platforms. The first of which, Goliath, has facilitated a marked improvement in the quality and quantity of the proximal remote sensing data collected. The newest platform, Hercules, is completed.

Past assignments at CALMIT had an outreach focus. I participated in two NASA funded projects, the Consortium for the Application of Space Data to Education (CASDE) and the America's Farm Project. CASDE was a collaborative effort among CALMIT, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Pasadena, California, and the Office of Internet Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Collaborators on the America's Farm project were CALMIT and the Office of Internet Studies at UNO.

The core objective of these projects was to challenge K-12 students to acquire and use technology, scientific and mathematic skills. The CASDE Project concentrated on the classroom application of NASA-provided satellite and aerial imagery. America's Farm focused on the agricultural applications of remote sensing. Many of the products produced during the course of these two projects have become popular activities in K-12 classrooms nationwide.

I've been at UNL since 1995, and I'm currently finishing a master's degree in geography.

Selected Publications

Moses, W., Gitelson, A., Perk, R., Gurlin, D., Rundquist, D., Leavitt, B., Barrow, T., Brakhage, P. (2012). Estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid productive waters using airborne hyperspectral data. Water Research. 46, 993-1004. Online
Rundquist, D., A. Gitelson, M. Lawson, G. Keydan, B. Leavitt, R. Perk, J. Keck, D. Mishra, and S. Narumalani, 2009. Proximal sensing of coral features: spectral characterization of Sidastrea siderea. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 46:2, 139-160.
Lawson, M., B. Leavitt, D. Rundquist, N. Emanuel, R. Perk, J. Keck, and M. Hauschild, 2006. Compensating for irradiance fluxes when measuring the spectral reflectance of corals in-situ. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 43:2, 181-197. Online
Rundquist, D., R. Perk, B. Leavitt, G. Keydan, and A. Gitelson, 2004. Collecting spectral data over cropland vegetation using machine positioning versus hand-held positioning of the sensor. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 43, 173-178. Online
Maeder, J., S. Narumalani, D. Rundquist, R. Perk, J. Schalles, K. Hutchins, and J. Keck, 2002. " Classifying and Mapping Coral-Reef Structure Using IKONOS Data, " Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 68(12): 1297-1305. Online
Maeder, J., S. Narumalani, J. Schalles, D. Rundquist, R. Perk, K. Hutchins, and J. Keck 2002. Classification and mapping of general coral-reef distribution using IKONOS data. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 68(12):1297-1305. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - University of South Dakato, Science Education (1971)

SNR Program Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Areas of Interest

  • Airborne and proximal remote sensing

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title PhenoCam Project (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Rick Perk
Milda Vaitkus
Ending Date 1/31/2017
Funding Level $1,000.00
Funding Source U. S. Department of the Interior - AmericaView

Grant Title Monitoring Phenology in the North Central Region of the United States (additional funding)
Starting Date 2/15/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Rick Perk
Milda Vaitkus
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $4,850.00
Funding Source US Department of Interior - AmericaView