Ayse Kilic

Ayse Kilic

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Title Hydrologic Information Systems Specialist
Address 311 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0973
Phone 402-417-2562
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail akilic3@unl.edu
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akilic@unl.edu

Hi, I'm Ayse Kilic, associate professor of Civil Engineering, and a faculty member at the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT), which is based in the School of Natural Resources. Before joining the School of Natural Resources in 2007, I was a research assistant professor in UNL's Department of Biological Systems Engineering, and a post-doc at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

The main focus of my research interests is in the application of remote sensing to estimate land surface evapotranspiration (ET). The more dependable and universal satellite-based models employ a surface energy balance (EB) where ET is computed as a residual of surface energy. I and my research team are using SEBAL and METRIC models which use the CIMEC approach (Calibration using Inverse Modeling of Extreme Conditions). Recently, I have been studying land-water-atmosphere interactions to understand the impacts of land use/land cover (LULC) change on local to regional hydrology in the U.S. High Plains. The goal of this research is to fingerprint the anthropogenic forcing/signatures of LULC, change and discriminate among the causes of natural climate variability, for better understanding of past climate variations.

Ayse Irmak in field with research project.
Ayse Kilic in the field with a research project.

I am also working in surface water hydrology, and in particular in the application of geographic information systems (GIS) to hydrology. I'm working on development of the Nebraska Hydrologic Information System (HIS), which is designed to provide improved access to evapotranspiration and other hydrologic data, and synthesis into a digital watershed.

HIS is going to be one of the first tools available that will allow farmers/decision makers to check the ET rates for their individual fields, down to a resolution of 30 meters. This line of research can help decision-makers at all levels to understand what kind of water management practices might be needed to ensure that groundwater use is sustainable. More information about my research can be found on my home page: http://snr.unl.edu/kilic/

I've been involved in teaching GIS, hydrology and water resources courses at the university level. I teach the following courses regularly: (1) Introduction to Geospatial Information (NRES 312) every fall and spring and (2) GIS in Water Resources (CIVE 898) every fall. I co-teach the GIS in Water Resources course together with the University of Texas at Austin and Utah State University. The course is captured on streaming video, and the most recent offering of this course, in Fall 2006, can be viewed at http://snr.unl.edu/kilic/giswr/2010/

Ayse Kilic and family in 2009 at the castle of Kizkalesi (Corycus). The castle was built  in the 12th century.
Ayse Irmak and family in 2009 at the castle of Kizkalesi (Corycus). The castles was built in the 12th century.

I am a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of (a) Crop Coefficient Task Committee and (b) Standardization of Reference Evapotranspiration in Irrigation Hydrology Task Committee. I am also serving in the ASABE-SW-244/Standardization Committee for ASAE EP505 Weather Station Instrumentation and Measurement and Reporting Practices for Automated Agricultural Weather Stations.

Selected Publications

Kilic, A., Allen, R., Trezza, R., Ratcliffe, I., Kamble, B., Robison, C. 2016. Sensitivity of Evapotranspiration Retrievals from the METRIC Processing Algorithm to Improved Radiometric Resolution of Landsat 8 Thermal data and to Calibration Bias in Landsat 7 and 8 Surface Temperature. Remote Sensing of Environment, 185,:98-209. Online
Okalebo, J., Oglesby, R. J., Feng, S., Hubbard, K., Kilic, A., Hayes, M. J., Hayes, C. 2016. An Evaluation of the Community Land Model (Version 3.5) and Noah Land Surface Models for Temperature and Precipitation Over Nebraska (Central Great Plains): Implications for Agriculture in Simulations of Future Climate Change and Adaptation. Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Hazards, 21-34. Online
Ortega-Farías, S., Ortega-Salazar, S., Poblete, T., Kilic, A., Allen, R. G., Poblete-Echeverría, C., Ahumada-Orellana, L., Zuniga, M., Sepulveda, D. 2016. Estimation of energy balance components over a drip-irrigated olive orchard using thermal and multispectral cameras placed on a helicopter-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Remote Sensing. 8(8):1-13. Online
Sharma, V., Irmak, S., Kilic, A., Gilley, J. E., Meyer, G. E., Knezevic, S., Marx, D. 2016. Quantification and mapping of surface residue cover and tillage practices for maize and soybean fields in south central Nebraska-USA using Landsat imagery. Transactions of ASABE, 59(3):925-939. Online
Sharma, V., Kilic, A., Irmak, S. 2016. Impact of scale/resolution on evapotranspiration from Landsat and MODIS images. Water Resources Research, 52(3):1800-1819. Online
Wang, J., Kessner, C., Aegerter, C., Sharma, A., Judd, L., Wardlow, B., You, J., Shulze, M., Irmak, S., Kilic, A. 2016. A multi-sensor view of the 2012 Central Plains drought from space. Journal of Applied and Theoretical Meteorology, 4:1-13. Online

Educational Background

  • BE - Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey, Agricultural Structures and Irrigation Engineering (1993)
  • ME - Mediterranean (Akdeniz) University, Antalya, Turkey, Agricultural Structures and Irrigation Engineering (1995)
  • ME - University of Florida, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (1998)
  • PhD - University of Florida, Agricultural and biological Engineering with minors in Urban and Regional Planning and Computer Information Science and Engineering (2002)

Awards

  • 2014 William T Pecora Award awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Geologic Survey 
  • Recognition of Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research Award. awarded by UNL-Agricultural Research Division  
  • – NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR certificate of recognition awarded by Nebraska Academy of Science 
  • 2010 – Best Honorable Mention Paper Award awarded by Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) 
  • 2010 – Best Honorable Mention Paper Award awarded by Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) 
  • 2010 – Best Honorable Mention Paper Award awarded by Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) 
  • 2008 [June] – Popular Environmental and Water Resources Paper awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) 
  • 2006 – ASABE Honorable Mention Paper Award awarded by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Society 
  • 2005 – Best Practice Paper Award in the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Award awarded by Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), Anchorage, Alaska 
  • 2004 – Second prize winner for the graduate student paper competition awarded by Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida Meetings 
  • 2003 [May] – Young Researcher Award awarded by Florida Section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, ASAE 
  • 2001 – Outstanding 2001 ASAE annual meeting paper award (IET section) awarded by ASAE Annual International Meetings. Sacramento, California 
  • 2000 – University of Florida Presidential Recognition Award awarded by University of Florida 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Environmental Science

Affiliations (index)

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union
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  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Chair, Task Committee on Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration, Member, Evapotranspiration in Irrigation and Hydrology Technical Committee 
  • USGS/NASA Landsat Science Team
    • Full Member 2012-2017

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • GIS in Water Resources
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Remote Sensing
  • Climate Change
  • Hydrology
  • Crop Modeling
  • Geographic Information Systems/GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • Ecohydrology
  • Landuse/land cover
  • Surface Water
  • Great Plains
  • Microclimate
  • Riparian ecosystems
  • Wetlands
  • Global Ciculation Models

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 Central Platte Natural Resource District Mapping Evapotranspiration with High Resolution Satellite Data
Starting Date 10/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 6/30/2018
Funding Level $20,000.00
Funding Source Central Platte Natural Resource District

 
Grant Title Operational Remote Sensing of Agricultural Water Use in Cooperation with Western State Water Resource Agencies for Improved Water Management
Starting Date 2/1/2017
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 1/31/2018
Funding Level $60,695.00
Funding Source NASA

 
Grant Title Remote Sensing Agricultural Water
Starting Date 3/1/2017
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 3/1/2018
Funding Level $63,906.00
Funding Source

 
Grant Title Implementation of the EEFux/METRIC Algorithms into the Google Earth Engine for Computation of Water Consumption (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 3/4/2016
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 3/3/2017
Funding Level $53,970.00
Funding Source Google, Inc.

 
Grant Title Implementation of the EEFux/METRIC Algorithms into the Google Earth Engine for Computation of Water Consumption
Starting Date 12/12/2014
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 6/30/2016
Funding Level $77,301.00
Funding Source Google, Inc.

 
Grant Title TIR Specifications for Landsat
Starting Date 1/2/2014
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $98,707.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Earth Engine App to Conserve Urban Water Use
Starting Date 1/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $55,330.00
Funding Source Google, Inc.

 
Grant Title Quantifying the Relative Roles of Local versus Remote Effects on North American Summertime Drought
Starting Date 12/20/2013
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Co-PIs
Sogn Feng
Qi (Steve) Hu
Robert Oglesby
Ending Date 11/5/2014
Funding Level $124,750.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Central Platte Natural Resources District Mapping Evapotranspiration with High Resolution Satelite Data (additional funding)
Starting Date 11/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $195,916.00
Funding Source Central Platte Natural Resources District

 
Grant Title Mapping Evapotranspiration with High Resolution Satellite Data
Starting Date 11/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 10/31/2012
Funding Level $325,789.00
Funding Source Central Platte Natural Resources District

 
Grant Title Remote Sensing-Based Energy Balance for Mapping Riparian Evapotranspiration
Starting Date 5/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 4/30/2010
Funding Level $29,860.00
Funding Source University of Nebraska Foundation

 
Grant Title Regional Evapotranspiration Estimation Using Land Surface Modeling, Data Assimilation, and Satellite Remote Sensing
Starting Date 10/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Ayse Kilic
Ending Date 3/31/2010
Funding Level $20,000.00
Funding Source University of Nebraska-Omaha/National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences